Saturday’s AFCON 8th final showdown pitting the indomitable lions of Cameroon and the super Eagles of Nigeria is one that is certainly going to to rekindle memories of the rivalry between the two African giants. The two sides both finished runners up in their various Groups, setting up a mouthwatering 8th final clash.
Cameroon and Nigeria have met over 22 times in different competitions, though the super Eagles have had a better win ratio over the indomitable lions. Saturday’s encounter will be yet another opportunity for more history to be written on the rivalry between the two neighboring nations and Cameroon’s skipper, Eric Maxime Choupo Moting knows just what awaits them on Saturday. Speaking after their zero all draw with Benin, Choupo Moting said “we are going to prepare ourselves very well for the next game against Nigeria, it will be a very tough game”.
Choupo Moting was asked if they feel any pressure finishing second in their group, but the PSG forward ruled out any thoughts of being under pressure. “We wanted to finish first in our group, but at the end it doesn’t change anything at all. There are no small teams anymore, everybody expected Nigeria to finish first in their group, but Madagascar did it”, said the indomitable lions captain.
He added that “Cameroon vs Nigeria is always a nice game and we will give everything in the game”. Just like Cameroon, Nigeria has scored just two goals in the group stage and surprisingly suffered a 2#0 defeat to Madagascar in their last Group B game. The indomitable lions might not have been active in front of goal, but their defense have kept three consecutive clean sheets.
Nigerians have certainly not forgotten the famous 13 February 2000, when cameroon defeated them on post_match penalties, to left the AFCON trophy. The last two meetings between the two sides, was in the qualifiers for the 2018 World, with Nigerian winning 4#0 on home ground, and the return leg in Yaounde on September 04, 2019 ending 1#1. When the two sides meet in Alexandria on Saturday, much fireworks is expected.