The clock is fast ticking and the anxiety is high as fans of the indomitable lions of Cameroon and the super Eagles of Nigeria get set for Saturday’s 8th final showdown.
Cameroon’s head coach, Clarence Seedorf and goalkeeper Andre Onana took turn up this Friday morning, to answer questions from the media, during their pre_match press conference in Alexandria. Both Seedorf and Onana looked calmed and technical in responding to worries from the press. But if there is one key word to note, it is certainly “we are here on a mission”, used by Clarence Seedorf. The Dutch tactician was asked if his team knows what awaits them this Saturday against Nigeria and he said “we don’t have to remind our players the importance of tomorrow’s Match. We have a very intelligent group and we are here for a mission”.
Clarence Seedorf has had the habit of rotating his squad during their three group stage games. Out the 22 players he has in Egypt, 18 have already had been used, with only Fabrice Ondoa, Carlos Kameni, Wilfrid Kaptoum and Jacques Zoa, still waiting for their chance. Asked if he is going to bring in fresh blood against the super Eagles, Seedorf replied “I know you are all very anxious, all Cameroonians want to see goals from the strikers. We can not predict results. We just have to continue playing good Football and of course the result is easier to get”.
The rivalry between Cameroon and Nigeria is one that have gone down the annals of Football in the continent. Many question Clarence Seedorf why he looked very relaxed and seemed not worry by the Nigerian equation “have you see me before champions league matches, my finals I played? I was even more relaxed. We leave our fans to have that expectation. That’s the beauty of Football“, said Seedorf
Nigeria have had a upper hand in confrontations against Cameroon, winning 11 of their 22 meetings, drawing seven and loosing just four times, but Seedorf is aware of the rivalry between the two sides “I understand the importance of Nigeria vs Cameroon or Ghana vs Cameroon. Everybody follows African Football, these are the top nations”.
When Cameroon and Nigeria gets into the green turf of the Alexandria Stadium this Saturday, much will be expected from Clarence Seedorf and Gernot Rohr, as the two looks to write their names in the history books of football in these two great nations.