Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has said the African Champions cannot afford to lose against Nigeria in a double-header 2018 World Cup qualifying match as that will mean elimination from the race to be in Russia for the Mundial.
The Indomitable Lions are guests of the Super Eagles on Friday in a highly-anticipated clash in Uyo before the reverse fixture three days later in Yaounde on Monday.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Thursday, the 65-year old Belgian disclosed that his target is to grab a minimum of 4points from the six at stake against Nigeria but admitted that it will be difficult to achieve.
“I think it is first of all; a very difficult game because we are playing against a good opponent that started well in the elimination games for the (2018) World Cup,” Broos, who led Cameroon to the 2017 AFCON title said.
“Secondly, we are in the situation where we know before the game that losing points against Nigeria is elimination from the World Cup.So in those two games on Friday and Monday, we need at least four to six points. If we lose, it is finished.
“We know what to do. One side is simple: don’t lose and win once. But at the other side, it is very difficult because for now, the pressure is ours. We have to win and this is not so easy but I’m very confident because my team is ready to play those two important games beginning tomorrow (Friday). We will try to win it (the two games).”
Nigeria lead Group B with 6 points, 4 better than second-placed Cameroon who they face on Friday and Monday in Uyo and Yaounde respectively. Algeria and Zambia with a solitary point apiece, are the other teams in the Group.
Eventual group winners will advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.