Two teams (Cameroon and Nigeria) familiar to each other not only in football but in history, territory, and culture would go out once again on the 6th of July to fight for a place in the last 8 in the ongoing AFCON in Egypt.
The indomitable Lions of Cameroon would be involved in a scintillating round of 16’s encounter against the Super Eagles of Nigeria. For the 23rd time, these two would meet in an encounter that promises to bring forth ‘thunder and lightening’.
How they found themselves here
The Super Eagles of Nigeria had everything going on for them in group B with slim but sustainable one to nil margins against Burundi and Guinea, before running into a 2-0 spanking in the hands of Madagascar – that meant Madagascar moved up above Nigeria, and Nigeria now has to play second in group F, being second in group B themselves.
Cameroon topped the chart in group F with a win and a draw, but a barren all tie on the final day against Benin meant; Ghana surpassed the Lions on goals though the teams had equal number of points. Ghana would now play second in group E Tunisia, while Cameroon face Nigeria.
The first ever 24 team AFCON has taken another twist and turn with these two meeting at this level. The previous encounters spells success for Nigeria; 22 matches played since 1960, Nigeria winning 11, Cameroon winning 4, and spoils have been shared on 7 occasions.
From the last 2 games in this encounter, 3 time winners of the AFCON – Nigeria have been overwhelming favorites scoring 5 times, conceding 1 goal, and picking up 4 points out of a possible 6. The tables are turned when looking at the two teams just in the AFCON competition; 6 games played between them, Cameroon have the upper hand with 3 wins, 1 draw and just two defeats.
Nigeria and Cameroon share 8 AFCON trophies between them. It is really a sorry-tale, but we must say goodbye to one of these powerhouses.