Contributed by Nkafu Gabriel
The indomitable lions of Cameroon have qualified for the round of 16 after playing another goalless draw against the Squirrels of Benin. The lions were a better side with an over 70% ball possession and a couple of shots which however couldn’t find the net. Efforts made by Zambo Anguissa, Kunde Malong, Clinton Njie and Christian Bassogog to get an opener for Cameroon were entirely fruitless.
As it stands now, the indomitable lions have played all three group matches and they have won one and drew two. They have scored 2 goals and conceded none. This gives them a total of 5 points and thus they have qualified to the round of 16.
However, they have not been very impressive in their last two matches; managing to draw against Ghana and unable to beat ittle known Benin. Ghana on the hand defeated Guinea-Bissau in their last group match by 2 – 1. They are also on 5 points but now top the group because they have scored more goals than Cameroon; 4 for Ghana and 2 for Cameroon. Cameroon now sits uncomfortably on 2nd position in group F after dropping from position number one.
This means Cameroon is going to face runners up in group B the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the knockout sages on Saturday. It’s going to be a very difficult match for both sides as whoever wins in that encounter will proceed to the quarter finals while the loser will be knockout out of the completion.
On paper, Nigeria is a better side; they are ranked 3rd on the continent. Cameroon on the other hand is currently ranked 7th and have failed to beat the Super Eagles in their last two encounters. The pressure is definitely going to be felt more by Cameroon, considering that they are defending champions and it would be a shame if they are kick out of the competition at this early stage. Therefore, Coach Seedorf and his boys have to strategies, re-strategies, and work even harder to ensure that they come out of that game victorious.