Nigeria’s Super Eagles battled The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to a 1-1 draw in their Group B World cup qualifying game at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde on Monday.
In a grueling Encounter the Cameroonians had to rally to salvage a point against the Superior Nigerians to save themselves being beaten in their backyard
With the result however the Super eagles qualification for the world cup is temporarily delayed while the African champions were themselves eliminated from the race
Cameroon started off just as they did on Friday in Uyo but soon found themselves down by a goal when Odion Ighalo, giving as much trouble to the Cameroonian defence as he did three days earlier, latched onto a Moses’ pass and got the ball into the box. It was returned, but a lurking Abdullahi Shehu floated it back, and Moses Simon rifled into the roof of Fabrice Ondoa’s net.
Odion Ighalo and Victor Moses were tormenting the Cameroonian defence while the pair of Troost Ekong and Leon Balogun marshalled an excellent Nigerian backline
However the introduction of Christian Bassogog and Aboubakar by Cameroon coach Hugo Broos brought a spark into the Lions’ game and they were duly awarded a penalty by referee Papa Gassama duly pointed to the penalty spot after Ezenwa foiled Arnaud Njoum in the box in the 73rd minute
Aboubakar stepped up to convert from the spot to level for the Cameroonians.
Nigeria tops Group B with 10 points ahead of second-placed Zambia which has 4 points but with a game in hand, Cameroon are third with three points while Algeria stay at the bottom with just a point and a game still unplayed
The Super Eagles will qualify for their sixth FIFA World Cup finals with one point from their last two matches of the campaign.