Nigeria and Cameroon meet in the round of 16 on Saturday (July 6th) in Alexandria. It will be a final before the hour, given the history and history of both teams in the African Cup of Nations.
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" It should have been a final, but it's an eighth, " said Gernot Rohr, coach of the Super Eagles. Between Nigeria, triple African champions and Cameroon, five-time winner, the show should be at the rendezvous.
A lesson of humility against Madagascar
Nigeria, globalist in 2018, comes out of a surprising defeat against Madagascar during the third day of pools (2-0) . A mishap? Gernot Rohr does not want to focus on this poor performance. " Madagascar was special. We lost, but we were already qualified. We made individual mistakes but we must forgive the players. With Madagascar, we have received a lesson of humility and it is sometimes necessary to put things back to the place . The former coach of Burkina Faso now knows he has "no more joker ".
" We start our tournament. We want to stay and we have the feeling of having progressed. Everyone has recovered from this defeat, "says William Troost-Ekong. " Often, the players who took a shot behind the head are very motivated at the next meeting and I count on it, " adds Gernot Rhor. In the playoffs of the World, the Super Eagles had recorded a victory and a draw against the Indomitable Lions.
Show your qualities for Clarence Seedorf
Indomitable Lions who have extra pressure on the shoulders with the obligation to defend their title acquired in Gabon in 2017. This duel will be a kind of "remake" of the final of the CAN 2000. The indomitable Lions had won the shots at the goal in Lagos their third African Cup of Nations. The rematch took place in 2004 in the quarter-finals of the 2004 CAN played in Monastir. Since then, the two teams have not met each other in a final phase of a CAN.
" Playing this kind of game shows you what it's all about ," says Clarence Seedorf, the Lions coach. The man with four leagues champions does not regret this premature poster: " If you want to be champions of Africa, we must beat everyone, no matter the moment . " I'm confident and I'm used to playing this kind of match, " said André Onana, a semi-finalist of the C1 with Ajax Amsterdam this season, to very anxious Cameroonian journalists on the eve of this shock .
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