The Super Eagles of Nigeria have killed the hope of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon’s qualification for the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup, after playing a 1-1 draw in the capital city of Cameroon this evening at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé
While the Super Eagles who missed out in two consecutive AFCON needed a win to pick the sole ticket of the group, the 2017 AFCON Champions needed an outright win to keep their hopes alive.
However, Moses Simon’s 30th minutes goal for Nigeria put the visitors in the lead, and heaped much pressure on the Indomitable Lions who now needed to score at least two goals to keep their hopes alive, provided they do not concede any goal.
The Indomitable Lions lacked the qualities of a current African Champion, as they were practically overwhelmed by a Nigeria side that have missed out from a back-to-back AFCON Championship.
Cameroon’s hope of qualifying came in the 70th minutes, when Bassogog converted a penalty into a goal, after Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa brought Aboubakar down in the 18-yard-box to put the scoreline at 1-1.
The goal raised the spirit of the Indomitable Lions, as they mounted more pressure on a Nigeria side that had lost grip of the midfield after captain Mikel Obi was substituted for Agu in the 65th minutes of play.
Though the Super Eagles hope of qualifying for the World Cup seems promising, but the outcome of the result between Zambia and Algeria in their next match could lubricate their qualification to Russia.
The loss means the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon whose hope of qualifying was raised during their Russia FIFA 2017 Confederations cup will never qualify for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup even if they win their remaining two matches.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will need an outright win, to get the sole ticket of the group in their next match against Zambia on October 7 at the Godswill Akpabio stadium.