1 September 2017
Four different players scored Friday evening as Nigeria routed Cameroon with an emphatic 4 – 0 thumping to remain top of Group B in the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.
Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Kelechi Ihenacho all found the net as the Eagles shocked book makers to hammer the Indomitable Lions.
Nigerians approached the game with apprehension due to a shocking first time 2 – 0 loss to South Africa in a Nations Cup qualifier played in June in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Ighalo, in the 29th minute, got on the end of Mikel’s pass before rounding a Cameroonian defender to fire a low drive into the bottom right of Fabrice Ondoa’s goal.
Mikel, having assisted the first goal scored the Eagle’s second as he stretched to side-foot Victor Moses’ low corner into roof of the Cameroonian net after 43 minutes.
Eight minutes after resumption of hostilities, Victor Moses bagged a goal for himself after he found the bottom left corner of the net with a deft right foot drive from the edge of the box.
Substitute, Iheanacho completed the rout as he headed into an empty net after 77 minutes. He had risked a defenders leg to attack Ogenyi Onazi’s low cross.
Nigeria’s Coach, Gernot Rohr, had a lot to prove with Friday’s game, and he did a very good job of that, said Amaka Ezenwa, a sports analyst.
The Super Eagles remained mobile throughout, attacking every ball and closing down the Cameroonians.
Cameroon on the other hand looked a shadow of the side that conquered Africa at AFCON 2017 and their impressive team effort at the FIFA Confederations Cup in June-July 2017.
Cameroon paraded stars like Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Adolphe Teikeu, Benjamin Moukandjo and Vincent Aboubakar.
Nigeria had renowned football maestros like Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Ogenyi Onazi, most of whom have tasted the English Premier League.
With the win, Nigeria maintains top spot in Group B, needing only a draw away at Cameroon on Monday to seal qualifation for Russia 2018.
Nigeria has amassed a maximum 9 points from three games and will visit Cameroon on Monday for the second leg.
Cameroon have two points from three games; Zambia and Algeria each have 1 point, having played a match less than Cameroon and Nigeria.