2018 World Cup Qualifier: FOURmidable Eagles Stay Top After Trashing Cameroon In Uyo

The Super Eagles of Nigeria consolidated their position in Group B of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers with a 4-0 win against Cameroon.

In a game watched by over 25,000 fans in Uyo, the Eagles started on the back foot for the early exchanges and were almost punished when Leon Balogun’s pass to Ezenwa evaded an on rushing Vincent Aboubakar by whiskers.

Both teams shared possession for the most part of the first half until the 29th minute when Mikel’s pass found Ighalo who successfully out muscled his marker to score the opener. His goal celebration drew a yellow card after he revealed his undershirt with an inscription in solidarity of team mate Karl Ikeme – who was diagnosed with acute leukemia.

Captain Mikel Obi scored Nigeria’s second goal in the 43rd minute off a Victor Moses corner dummied by Ighalo to seal a comfortable 2-0 half time lead.

The second half saw Cameroon manager Hugo Broos introduce Maxim Chipo who unfortunately picked up a knock and also had to be replaced.

That momentary loss of concentration aided a counter attack which the Eagles benefited from in the 55th minute, Moses Simon setting up Victor Moses who calmly slotted past Ondoa for Nigeria’s third.

In the 76th minute, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi in telepathy found Iheancho, the striker could barely miss from 6-yards with his header to record the fourth of the game.

The return leg is scheduled for Monday, 4th September 2017, in Yaounde.

Nigeria stays top of the group with (9pts), while Cameroon holds tight (2pts) amassed in previous games against Zambia and Algeria respectively.

Nigeria Squad: Ezenwa, Shehu, Troost, Balogun, Echiejile, Onazi, Mikel, Ndidi, Moses, Ighalo, Simon.

Subs Used – Iheanacho, Mikel Agu, Ahmed Musa.