Nigeria vs Cameroon: Super Eagles Captain Ahmed Musa Speaks Ahead of AFCON 2023 Round of 16 Showdown

Nigeria vs Cameroon: Super Eagles Captain Ahmed Musa Speaks Ahead of AFCON 2023 Round of 16 Showdown

Babajide Orevba
updated at January 27, 2024 at 7:34 AM
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  • Ahmed Musa understands what playing against Cameroon means
  • The current Super Eagles captain was part of the Nigerian squad that defeated the Indomitable Lions in 2019
  • Both nations will clash in a Round of 16 fixture at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has admitted that the match involving the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will be a tough one.

Musa, who is yet to make an appearance in this tournament, has warned against complacency when the three-time champions face their neighbours.

The encounter is billed for the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium on Saturday night, January 27, the same venue where Cameroon defeated Nigeria to win their first-ever AFCON title in 1984.

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Ahmed Musa wants the Super Eagles to be wary of Cameroon. Photo: Babajide Orevba
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However, the Super Eagles will aim to repeat the feat they achieved in 2019 when they defeated their arch-rivals 3-2 in Alexandria, Egypt.

Musa, who played the entire duration of that thrilling encounter, said via Punch:

"That game was a tough duel and brought out the best in us, especially when we went 1-2 down despite scoring first.
“Of course, we know the match on Saturday will be even tougher.
“The Cameroonians will be determined not to lose again, but we will give our very best and go for a win. We can do it again. Our aspiration is to win the trophy and nothing has changed that.”

Nigeria and Cameroon have a rich history in competitive football matches, having faced each other 17 times.

Cameroon have managed four wins – three of these in the final matches of the Africa Cup of Nations in 1984, 1988 and 2000.

Okocha offers advice to Super Eagles

Sports Brief earlier reported that legendary Jay Jay Okocha admitted that the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 cracker between Nigeria and Cameroon will be a tough 'nut to crack'.

The Super Eagles are through to the knockout phase of the continental showpiece and will now face their familiar foes for a place in the last eight.

Nigeria finished second in Group A with seven points, behind Equatorial Guinea, who topped the standings with the same number of points but a better goal difference.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.