Ikpeba: Talent wise, Super Eagles better than Cameroon

Former Nigeria international Victor Ikpeba says the Super Eagles are a stronger team than Cameroon, but will need to show character to get positive results.

Nigeria host Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match on Friday September 1st in Uyo before travelling to Yaounde on September 4 for the reverse fixture.

The Super Eagles lead Group B with six points from two matches, with Cameroon on two points, followed by Zambia and Algeria, both on one point.

Cameroon’s status as African champions make them formidable opponents, but Ikpeba believes the Super Eagles are good enough to beat them, provided they apply themselves fully and match their opponents blow for blow.

“We’ve beaten Cameroon before. I was in the team that defeated Cameroon at the 1992 AFCON in Senegal,” the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner said on a SuperSport chat show.

“For the game on Friday, it is a question of the Super Eagles players showing character, fight for the green white green. 

“Cameroon are the African champions, but talent wise, we have better players. But one thing that goes for the Cameroonians is that they fight from the beginning to the end. A very physical side and very disciplined side.”

Ikpeba believes that the return of some senior players, who missed the home to defeat to South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, will provide a substantial boost.

“It is good that we have the likes of Mikel, Leon Balogun, Victor Moses. We missed these players against the South Africans. 

“I wouldn’t criticize the team that lost against South Africa because they lacked experience. But I am happy they (the experienced players) are back in the team for Cameroon.”

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