– Nigeria vs Cameroon was explosive from start to finish as both teams showed they are battle ready for AFCON 2022
– The Indomitable Lions went in front in the 37th minute courtesy a well-taken strike by Zambo Anguissa who fired home from outside the area
– The on-loan Fulham star grabbed the only goal of the encounter to give Cameroon the win on the night
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The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have defeated the Super Eagles of Nigeria in an international friendly at the Stadion Weiner Neustadt, Vienna, Austria.
Nigeria and Cameroon face off in double friendlies in preparation of the World Cup qualifiers slated for August this year.
Both teams approached the encounter playing for pride as it was explosive right from the start to the end of the encounter.
The Cameroonians made their intentions known as early as the 5th minute when Nigeria’s goalkeeper Maduka Okoye made an important save.
In the 20th minute, Kelechi Iheanacho made an attempt to break Cameroon’s defence line but he met resistance from two defenders who ensure the ball went out of play.
In the 36th minute, Nigeria’s Moses Simon was set up brilliantly by Alex Iwobi who had driven from the right flank into the middle of the pitch before releasing the ball to the Nantes winger who then cuts in before aiming for goal but the goalkeeper was able to send the ball out of play.
And against the run of play, the Indomitable Lions opened the scoring in the 37th minute through André-Frank Zambo Anguissa who released a low but powerful shot from about 25 yards leaving Maduka Okoye hapless in goal. 1-0 Cameroon.
The Cameroonians began the second half in style as well with three of their players playing some form of tiki-taka in the midfield but their final ball was wasted as none of their players could pin the ball down toward’s Nigeria’s danger zone.
Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho failed to make very good use of the opportunity he had in the danger zone after shooting wide from close range despite a superb build-up to that moment which involved Iwobi in the midfield.
Somehow the Super Eagles of Nigeria missed a number of chances including close range freekicks, but that was how it ended; Nigeria 0-1 Cameroon.
Both teams will meet once again on Tuesday, May 8 at the same venue.
Meanwhile, . earlier reported that Ola Aina’s goal for Fulham against West Brom is officially now a contender for the 2020-21 Premier League Goal of the Season, Complete Sports reports.
The Nigerian international hit a long range strike from 25-yards out at Craven Cottage as he put his team in the lead.
The 24-year-old hit the shot with his weaker-foot which flew past goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in goal as it won the best strike scored in November.