Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier: Eagles Humiliate African Champions, Cameroon 4-0


Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Friday took a bold step towards qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with a scintillating 4-0 bashing of reigning African Nations Cup Champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in their Group B first leg encounter.

Playing before a capacity crowd at the Godwill Akpabio International stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, the Coach Gernot Rohr tutored Eagles overcame a sluggish start to kick-start their demolition work in the 29th minute.

It was hard-fighting Odion Ighalo that shrugged-off a stiff challenge from Cameroon’s defender and yellow carded Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui  to deliver a left footed shot that gave the Lions’ goal tender, Fabrice Ondoa no chance to react.

With fans that throng the Nest of Champions in their thousands roaring in support, the Eagles made it two in the 42nd minute with Captain Mikel Obi hitting the net from close range off a corner kick by Victor Moses that was stepped over by Ighalo. Proceedings in the first 45 minutes drew to a close with the score line at 2-0 in favour of the Eagles.    

When hostilities resumed in the second half, the Lions’ early onslaughts on the Eagles’ defence failed to yield results and they further fell behind disappointingly on the 55th minute as Chelsea of England star, Moses Victor effectively combined with Moses Simon on the right to place the ball beyond Fabrice’s reach for the third goal.

On the 76th minute, it was the turn of Leicester City new buy and substitute, Iheanacho to complete the Lions’ total humiliation as he was on hand to nod home Ogenyi Onazi’s low cross after an effective combination with Victor Moses from a fast counter initiated from the midfield.

The Eagles made three changes during the hard-fought game with Iheanacho, Mikel Agu and Ahmed Musa coming on to replace goal scorers, Ighalo, Mikel Obi and Victor Moses in the second half.

The victory now sees Super Eagles consolidating their prime position atop Group B of the African qualifiers with maximum nine points from three matches, scoring nine goals and conceding only two in the process.

The Indomitable Lions have only managed two points from three matches and the return leg against the Eagles comes up on Monday, September 4, 2017 in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital.

The other countries featuring in Group B are Zambia and Algeria currently on one point each having lost one and drew one match so far in the qualifying series. Both will be playing their third match on Saturday, September 2, 2017 in National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka













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