Nigeria vs Cameroon lineups, stats, and where to watch – AFCON 2023

Nigeria vs Cameroon lineups, stats, and where to watch – AFCON 2023
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Sparks will fly at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan as Nigeria vs Cameroon battle for a place in the last 8 of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in the Ivory Coast.

This clash will kick-off at 21:00 GMT+1 on Saturday, 27 January 2024. Which of these teams will come out on top?

How both teams got to the Round of 16

The Super Eagles of Nigeria booked their spot in the knockout phase after picking up seven points out of a possible nine in Group A where they finished second behind group winners Equatorial Guinea who took top spot due to superior goal difference.

Jose Peseiro's side scored just once in open play, with a penalty and an own goal ensuring that the three-time AFCON champions got the job done with relative ease, and will now look to make the most of their 15th straight appearance in AFCON Round of 16 as they take on Rigobert Song's side.

Nigeria players during AFCON 2023
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Cameroon, meanwhile, secured a place in the tournament's knockout stage after an injury time winner from Christopher Wooh earned them a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Gambia and a second spot finish in Group C.

The Indomitable Lions will be looking to navigate into the quarter-finals for the tenth time in their last 12 AFCON appearances with a more improved performance than their group stage showings in order to keep their dream of winning a sixth AFCON title alive.

Nigeria vs Cameroon probable lineups

Nigeria (3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: Stanley Nwabali
Defenders: Semi Ajayi, William Troost-Ekong, Calvin Bassey
Midfielders: Kenneth Omeruo, Alex Iwobi, Frank Onyeka, Ola Aina
Forwards: Ademola Lookman, Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon

Cameroon (3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: Andre Onana
Defenders: Christopher Wooh, Harold Moukoudi, Jean-Charles Castelletto
Midfielders: Darlin Yongwa, Olivier Kemen, Zambo Frank Anguissa, Olivier Ntcham
Forwards: Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, Frank Magri, Karl Toko Ekambi

Nigeria vs Cameroon confirmed lineups

Nigeria

Nigeria
3-4-3
23
Stanley Nwabali
ng
6
Semi Ajayi
ng
5
William Troost-Ekong
ng
21
Calvin Bassey
ng
2
Ola Aina
ng
8
Frank Onyeka
ng
17
Alex Iwobi
ng
3
Zaidu Sanusi
ng
15
Moses Simon
ng
9
Victor Osimhen
ng
18
Ademola Lookman
ng
Substitutes
24
Terem Moffi
ng
10
Joe Aribo
ng
7
Ahmed Musa
ng
20
Chidozie Awaziem
ng
11
Samuel Chukwueze
ng
12
Bright Osayi-Samuel
ng
1
Francis Uzoho
ng
14
Kelechi Iheanacho
ng
4
Alhassan Yusuf
ng
19
Paul Onuachu
ng
25
Raphael Onyedika
ng
22
Kenneth Omeruo
ng

Cameroon

Cameroon
3-4-3
1
Fabrice Ondoa
cm
21
Jean-Charles Castelletto
cm
4
Christopher Wooh
cm
15
Oumar Gonzalez
cm
3
Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu
cm
22
Olivier Ntcham
cm
8
Andre Zambo Anguissa
cm
5
Nouhou Tolo
cm
12
Karl Toko Ekambi
cm
9
Frank Magri
cm
11
Georges-Kevin Nu2019Koudou
cm
Substitutes
18
Darline Yongwa
cm
6
Olivier Kemen
cm
14
Junior Tchamadeu
cm
2
Harold Moukoudi
cm
19
Faris Pemi Moumbagna
cm
7
Clinton N'Jie
cm
10
Vincent Aboubakar
cm
20
Benjamin Elliott
cm
16
Devis Epassy
cm
17
Yvan Neyou
cm
24
Andre Onana
cm
26
Enzo Tchato Mbiayi
cm

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Nigeria vs Cameroon stats

  • Nigeria and Cameroon have faced each other in the Africa Cup of Nations seven times; Nigeria won 3, Cameroon won 3, while 1 game was drawn.
  • Both teams last met in this competition in 2019 with Nigeria running out 3-2 winners.
  • This will be the 26th meeting between these teams. Nigeria leads the head-to-head with 12 wins in 25 games, Cameroon came out on top in five matches, while eight clashes ended in stalemates.
  • The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon last beat Nigeria in a competitive fixture in 2000, they've now lost five of their last eight encounters with the Super Eagles.
  • Cameroon's three wins against Nigeria in the AFCON tournament were all final victories; that's coming up clutch when it matters most.
  • Nigeria will be looking to win their fourth AFCON title, whereas Cameroon are dreaming for their sixth.
Cameroon players during AFCON 2023
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Nigeria vs Cameroon prediction

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have so far struggled in front of the goal post but have showcased defensive might in this competition with just one goal conceded.

Coming up against a Cameroon side with a point to prove after what could have been a disastrous group stage campaign for Song's outfit, this clash will be a difficult one for both teams. But will Nigeria continue their unbeaten streak in competitive games against the Indomitable Lions that has lasted for over two decades?

Prediction: Both teams to score.

Where to watch Nigeria vs Cameroon live

Football fans across Nigeria will be able to catch the Super Eagles live in action against Cameroon on SuperSport Football Plus Nigeria, SuperSport GOtv Football, Canal+ CAN, NTA Sports channel, and StarTimes Sports Premium.

On the other hand, for fans in Cameroon, this match will be live on SuperSport Football Plus, Canal+ CAN, SuperSport GOtv Football, and Cameroon RTV.

This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago

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