AFCON 2023: Four Lessons drawn from Super Eagles 2-0 win over Cameroon

AFCON 2023: Four Lessons drawn from Super Eagles 2-0 win over Cameroon
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria faced the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 matchup at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan.

In an affair that was supposed to be keenly contested, it was surprisingly one-sided as Nigeria delivered a precise attacking and defensive display over the Indomitable Lions who succumbed to a 2-0 defeat on the night.

The star man of the clash was Ademola Lookman who netted both goals for Nigeria, first in the 36th minute, and second at the 90 minute mark to send Nigeria through to the quarter-finals.

GOALBALL delves into four important takeaways from the skirmish.

Nigeria Super Eagles 2-0 Cameroon: What we learned

Victor Osimhen works really hard for Nigeria

Super Eagles star forward Victor Osimhen created a goal out of nothing as his constant pressure on the Cameroon defense resulted in an unfortunate loss of the ball.

It was all down to his hard work, determination, and then his selflessness to pass the ball out for Lookman who scored. He finished the game superbly for the team.

Victor Osimhen in action for Nigeria
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Nigeria played their best match of the AFCON so far

The Super Eagles team from the get-go showed superiority over their West African opponents. And for the first time in this tournament, Nigeria was able to shut out an opponent from registering a single shot on target in the entire match.

Every member of the team displayed doggedness and utmost concentration to get the job done, the team was also able to score twice for the first time in this AFCON, a testament of how decisive the players were in front of the goal. The Eagles registered four shots on target from eight attempts.

Ademola Lookman rose to the occasion

In a heavyweight clash with so much at stake, it was Ademola Lookman who rose to the occasion for Nigeria in a display of decisiveness.

The Atalanta forward scored either side of the half for the three-time AFCON champions to send the team straight to the quarterfinals. Lookman deservedly won Man of the Match for his brilliant display on the night.

Injury to Stanley Nwabali will be a great loss for Nigeria

The Super Eagles goalkeeper has won the hearts of many Nigerians as he has been superb in this tournament for Peseiro's team.

An unfortunate clash with a Cameroon player in the second half gave him a knock which at first wasn't a scare, but minutes later, the Chippa United goalie could no longer continue and was stretchered off in the 80 minute mark.

His injury looks serious and it's going to be a big loss for the team if tests are carried and he's ruled out of the tournament.

Who will Super Eagles play next?

Jose Peseiro's troops will trade tackles with the Black Antelopes of Angola in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The clash will take place next Friday, February 2nd, as both teams battle for a spot in the semi-finals, a matchup Nigerians will be hopeful about as the Super Eagles have continued to improve in every match that comes.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.