Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu and his teammate at Israeli Champions, Hapoel Beer Sheva, Anthony Nwakaeme have both expressed confidence in the ability of Nigeria to overcome Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions when both teams clash an eagerly anticipated 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Uyo on Friday.
Ogu,28, says it is ‘special’ to face the Cameroonians and believes the support of the fans at the Godswill Akpabio International stadium will be needed to spur the team to victory.
“It is special playing against Cameroon-big football nation,” he acknowledged.
“It is true that we lost against South Africa in the AFCON qualifier last time but everyone invited to this game, they are all aware of how important this game is for us.
“We are on top of the group and we are not under pressure. We know it is not going to be easy but we are looking forward to the game.
“We believe with the support of our fans on that day (Friday), I think we would be victorious.”
On his part, Nwakaeme who is likely to make his debut for Nigeria against Cameroon on Friday, dismissed the African Champions are no threat to the Eagles.
“This is my first time (at the national team) and this is also going to be my first time of seeing an African team playing against my country with me in the pitch; either I am inside or outside the pitch.
“But to be honest, for me, I don’t think it’s a threat or something (playing against Cameroon); it’s just football. We are playing at home; we have the crowd, we have the stadium and the players are ready. We are just waiting for the game.
“For me, I don’t speak a lot before I work; I like to work and you’ll see my job and I don’t need to speak because my job has already said everything.
“We are just here waiting for Cameroon and we know it is going to be a tough game. Like you said, they are African Champions. They have a very good team but trust me, Nigeria has a better team,” the 29-year old boasted.
Nigeria lead Group B of the 2018 World Cup qualification (Africa) with 6 points from two matches, 4 points clear of the Cameroonians who are in second place.