AFCON 2023: Cameroon Striker Toko Ekambi Issues Warning to Angola Ahead of Nigeria Clash

AFCON 2023: Cameroon Striker Toko Ekambi Issues Warning to Angola Ahead of Nigeria Clash

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • The commencement of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals is upon us
  • Nigeria’s Super Eagles are poised to face off against Angola’s Palancas Negras
  • A Cameroonian striker has sent a message to the Angolans ahead of the clash

The eagerly anticipated 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-final showdown between Nigeria's Super Eagles and Angola's Palancas Negras is evolving into an exhilarating spectacle.

As the match approaches, the atmosphere is charged with an abundance of predictions and bold statements emanating from both teams' camps.

This encounter has consistently proven to be a challenging endeavour for both sides in the past, often resulting in closely contested matches ending with either a draw or a narrow victory.

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Players of Nigeria's Super Eagles celebrate after scoring during the Africa Cup of Nations match against Cameroon. Image: Franck Fife.
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However, ahead of the impending renewal of the rivalry between Nigeria and their Central African counterparts, Cameroonian striker Karl Toko Ekambi has conveyed a clear message to Pedro Goncalves' Angola, emphasising the imperative to be cautious of the Super Eagles.

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Toko Ekambi message to Angola

The 31-year-old forward, whose Cameroon team were eliminated from the AFCON by the Super Eagles, shared his insights on the formidable Nigerian team led by coach Jose Peseiro.

According to reports from OwnGoal Nigeria, the former Villarreal forward stated:

"A well-organized team like Nigeria is often very challenging to defeat, and many teams will soon realise that. We were not that bad, but when you see a team with the qualities of Nigeria, they can be champions of the tournament."

The sentiments expressed by the marquee forward align with the broader consensus among football experts as the tournament unfolds.

Employing a fluid 5-4-1 formation, Nigeria has proven to be a defensive stronghold, making it exceedingly difficult for opponents to breach the Super Eagles defence.

This strategic effectiveness was notably evident in the match against Cameroon, where, despite their array of attacking talents, the Indomitable Lions failed to register a shot on goal throughout the encounter with Nigeria.

Coach of free-scoring Angola side Goncalves now faces the challenge of devising a strategy for his potent strike force to navigate past the relatively compact defence of Nigeria when the fixture kicks off at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny.

Super Eagles defender sends message to Angola

Sport Brief in another report stated Nigeria’s Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo has sent a clear message to the Angolan national team ahead of the crunch meeting between both teams.

The defender dismissed the notion that historical outcomes would influence the upcoming clash and instead emphasised the indomitable spirit synonymous with Nigerians, expressing confidence that it would be sufficient to secure victory on the night.

Nigeria will be aiming to get their first win against the Angolans since 1989, when both teams square off.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).