Head-to-head focus: Nigeria v Cameroon

Head-to-head focus: Nigeria v Cameroon
Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 5 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017. 08:19

AfricanFootball looks at the head-to-head record between Nigeria and Cameroon ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifying clashes.

These two West African heavyweights have not been regular combatants down the years, meeting in just 18 matches across all competitions according to FIFA’s statistics database.

The record is very much in favour of the Super Eagles, who have claimed 10 wins compared to just three for the Indomitable Lions, while five matches have been drawn.

Four of those 18 matches were in previous World Cup qualification campaigns, stretching way back to 1968 (for the 1970 tournament in Mexico) and 1989 (for Italy 1990): Nigeria claimed two wins, Cameroon one, and one match was drawn.

The teams’ most recent clash was a friendly on neutral ground in Brussels on 11 October 2015: Nigeria won 3-0 thanks to goals from Efe Ambrose, Moses Simon and Odion Ighalo, while Cameroon finished the game with 10 men following the dismissal of Stephane M’Bia.

The first Group B clash between the sides will be at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on September 1, with the return scheduled for Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde three days later.

Nigeria v Cameroon - Overall record

Matches played: 18
Nigeria wins: 10
Cameroon wins: 3
Draws: 5
Nigeria goals: 26
Cameroon goals: 16

Nigeria v Cameroon - World Cup qualifiers

Matches played: 4
Nigeria wins: 2
Cameroon wins: 1
Draws: 1
Nigeria goals: 6
Cameroon goals: 4

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