Cameroon feel the pressure ahead of Nigeria clash

Super Eagles By: Lolade Adewuyi | 01/09/2017

As the Cameroon team bus got stuck for a few minutes on its way out of the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo after Thursday evening’s training, the players of the Indomitable Lions took to chanting and singing to while away the time.

The demeanour of the reigning African champions was one of a big jolly team that is set to crush its rival, the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Friday’s 2018 Fifa World Cup Group B qualifying game.

The Lions had a warm up inside the main bowl of the stadium at 5pm as they got their first feel for the turf that will host one of Africa’s biggest matches this weekend. The Cameroonians arrived in Uyo around 11am via a special CamAir flight from Yaounde.

They refused to stay at the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel where the Super Eagles are also lodged and instead opted for a smaller, less fancy facility in town.

During the team’s press briefing, Belgian trainer Hugo Broos stated that they want nothing less than four points from a possible six over the two encounters, the next game coming up on Monday in Yaounde.

But he betrayed his air of confidence along the line.

“One side is simple: don’t lose and win once. But at the other side, it is very difficult because for now, the pressure is ours,” said Broos.

“We have to win and this is not so easy but I’m very confident because my team is ready to play those two important games beginning [Friday]. We will try to win [the two games].”

Cameroon come into the encounter with the Eagles on the back foot and they know that any misstep would leave them facing elimination. That is where Broos’ men will struggle.

How do they maintain a healthy balance between wanting to win and being conscious of the fact that they could be punished and lose everything at stake against the Eagles?

This pressure is what the hosts would try to build upon when the game kicks off on Friday at 5pm.