2023 AFCON: Nigeria v Cameroon report

2023 AFCON: Nigeria v Cameroon report
William Paul Ekong of Nigeria (c) celebrates goal during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Final match between Cote dIvoire and Nigeria at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire on 18 January 2024 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jan 28, 2024. 00:10

The second Round of 16 match at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations saw Nigeria claim a hard-fought 2-0 win over Cameroon at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.

Date: Saturday 27 January 2024

Result: Nigeria (1) 2 (Lookman 3690’) Cameroon 0

Teams: Nigeria: Nwabali (Uzoho 80’), Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, Bassey, Aina, Onyeka, Iwobi, Zaidu (Omeruo 80’), Simon (Osayi-Samuel 90+10’), Lookman, Osimhen (Onuachu 90+10’).

Cameroon: Ondoa, Castelletto, Wooh, Gonzalez (Aboubakar 78’), Ngamaleu (Tchato 87’), Ntcham, Anguissa, Nouhou, Toko Ekambi (Moumbagna 90+6’), N’Koudou, Magri

First 45: Nigeria created all the early pressure and had a goal disallowed on nine minutes. However, they continued to attack and were rewarded in the 36th minute when Victor Osimhen stole possession high up the pitch and teed up Ademola Lookman to score past goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa for 1-0.

Second 45: Nigeria were unable to find a second goal to take full control of the game, while Cameroon called on Vincent Aboubakar (who was injured before the start of the tournament) to try and force their way back into the contest. However, Lookman scored again in the 90th minute to ensure the Super Eagles’ place in the quarterfinals.

What the result means: Nigeria advance to the final eight of the competition and keep up their excellent recent record against Cameroon, having now suffered only one defeat against the Indomitable Lions in the teams’ last 10 meetings across all competitions.

What’s next: Nigeria will go on to face Angola in the first quarterfinal, set for the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium on Friday 2 February.

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