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Eagles vs Lions, what you should know!

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As the Super Eagles and Indomitable Lions gear up for their highly anticipated clash in Round 16 of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, the historical rivalry between these two football powerhouses adds an extra layer of intensity to the encounter. 

With both teams eyeing a spot in the quarter-finals, the stage is set for a compelling showdown at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.

The head-to-head statistics between Nigeria and Cameroon in the AFCON tournament paint a picture of a closely contested rivalry. Having clashed seven times in the tournament’s history, each team has tasted victory thrice, with one match ending in a draw.

While Cameroon boasts five AFCON titles to their name, they hold a formidable pedigree in African football. Nigeria, a three-time champion, also commands respect on the continent.

In the 2019 AFCON, Nigeria emerged victorious in a thrilling last-16 match, overcoming Cameroon with a stirring comeback to win 3-2. 

This defeat would undoubtedly linger in the minds of the Indomitable Lions, fueling their desire for redemption in the current tournament. However, avenging the 2019 defeat won’t come easy for Cameroon. 

Nigeria’s Super Eagles possess a blend of talent and experience, making them a formidable opponent for any team; even despite low-scoring form in the present tournament, they have conceded just a goal in the group stage matches; this shows their defensive prowess. Also, Nigeria’s track record in the AFCON, coupled with their hunger for a fourth title, will further motivate them to deliver a strong performance.

Nevertheless, Cameroon’s resilience and determination should not be underestimated. The Indomitable Lions showcased their ability to overcome adversity by securing a crucial 3-2 win over Gambia to advance to the Round of 16. 

With players eager to make amends for past disappointments, Cameroon will approach the match with purpose and determination. If this writer has to predict any scoreline, it will be a draw at full-time!

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