Nigeria 4-0 Cameroon: Russia 2018 in sight
NPFL By: Imo-owo Mbede | 02/09/2017
Determination. Belief. Relentlessness. These were the hallmarks of a gallant and domineering performance by the Super Eagles during their annihilation of African Champions, Cameroun, during the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo. The Super Eagles' first loss at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium almost three months ago, apparently served as a wakeup call which stirred Coach Gernot Rohr's team to one of its best performances in recent times.In the weeks building up to this match, that home defeat and the loss of goalkeeper Carl Ikeme to illness had cast a shadow on the team, creating a feeling of uncertainty and low expectations. However, the Eagles rose commendably to the occasion to stay in pole position to hoist the country's flag in Russia next year.As predicted, the return of the experienced trio of Captain John Mikel Obi, Leon Balogun and Victor Moses provided the required spark which, along with the resultant tinkering of the team, propelled the team to full flight. In a disciplined execution of a near-perfect game plan, Balogun led the back like a Trojan, ably supported by William Ekong. Abdullahi Shehu surprisingly coped well with the strength and pace of the Camerounians, though Echiejile's imminent wane remains conspicuous, and worrisome too.Onazi had a better game than he did against the South Africans, probably due to Mikel's presence - which brought stability to the team. Moses Simon justified his starting place and, along with Victor Moses, gave the Camerounians a torrid time. Odion Ighalo seems to have rediscovered his form and, knowing he had to prove himself, put out an impressive performance before he was taken off seemingly injured.