Nigeria has eliminated the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon with a 2-0 victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, advancing to the quarter-finals where they will face Angola.
Ademola Lookman scored twice as Nigeria earned a place in the quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-0 win over Cameroon. The former Everton, Fulham and Leicester midfielder scored a goal in each half to help secure The Super Eagles’ place in the last eight.
Cameroon survived an early scare when Semi Ajayi’s effort was chalked off having deemed to be offside by VAR.
In the 36th minute, Lookman was played through by Victor Osimhen, and his shot squeezed through goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, who was chosen ahead of Manchester United’s Andre Onana.
Inspired by the lively Osimhen, Nigeria continued to create chances after the restart as Lookman’s free-kick agonizingly whistled over the bar.
However, an injury to goalkeeper Stanley Nwabili – who did not have a save to make before his departure in the 75th minute – slightly soured the night for Jose Peseiro’s side.
The Golden Boot winner of the 2021 edition, Vincent Aboubakar was introduced for his first appearance of the tournament but with just over 10 minutes of normal time remaining, the Cameroon striker failed to have any influence.
Lookman secured victory with a tidy finish from Calvin Bassey’s cross in stoppage time and Nigeria can now look forward to a meeting with Angola.
In and around Africa, Nigerians all over the World have expressed their joy, and infoexpert24 culled some of the reactions on X;
@i_oluwajuwon: Eagle 🦅 done carry lion 🦁 fly go oo !
@BigFredo01: Cameroon had zero shot on target. Too much pepper 🌶️🤣🤣
@Dr_giwa94: Cameroonians Put Aboubakar put Aboubakar, put Aboubakar like say na salt😂😂🤷♀️
@Chivena_paul: Who’s their daddy? 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬 All players brought their A game, I love you all ❤️❤️
@temiloluwa14: Ademola Lookman with a brace. 🤝🏾 Victor Osimhen put in the work even though he did not get a goal. 💪🏾
Alex Iwobi get mad touches sha o. 🙌🏾Good team effort by
@AsiwajuDosunmu: The only thing Cameroun achieved today is the injury they gave Nwabali. Even with Aboubakar coming in, no shot on goal. Stats don’t lie. The Super Eagles are indomitable after all.
@_OlatunjiAyo: Ademola Lookman has moved past the disappointment of the World Cup qualifier. He plays like a proper African player now
@iamjohnjonel: Onyeka stepped up,Ekong was captain fantastic,Aina and Bassey as usual were fantastic in their role,but Iwobi was disappointing as usual.
The power play from Osimhen and the good clinical marking at the back line did the job for us. Congratulations super Eagles
@solaogunseye: Victor Osimhen’s passion is incredible! He pressed the Cameroon 🇨🇲 back line hard. Fun won ni pressure.
@EzeabiaKelvin:Aboubakar walked out more than he played football..thank you omeruo and Calvin bassey #AFCON #NGACMR
@iamjohnjonel: Best Nig game I’ve seen in this afcon….
Highly spirited game from the Super Eagles, more coordinated than their previous games.
The super Eagles played to the strength of their best player Osimhen and marked very very well.
Cameroonian fan wails
@Titilala93:Nigeria qualified for the round of 16 with an own goal…Then came and beat us 2-0 !
it’s obvious that our performance for this AFCON was below average.
Song should just resign as a coach! This is a mess!
@Highh_k: So Onana is going back to united tomorrow #AFCON2023 #NGACMR