The thought of playing the current African champions twice in under a week was terrifying enough. Maybe not for some others. But for me, I kept remembering the team that conquered all that stood before it on their way to dominating African football early this year.
Their poor outing in the FIFA Confederations Cup doused the fear a bit as Friday, 1st of September drew near.
“They didn’t win any games out there in Russia,” I said to myself.
“Maybe the Indomitable Lions are not as good as they used to be.”
But the thought of Bassogog’s speed, Moukandjo’s enterprise and of course Vincent Aboubakar power did not let me raise my hopes to high. After the poor outing against South Africa, I was literally hoping for the best but expecting the worst.
The sight of a full stadium was not strange to me. It’s typical for Nigerians to troop out in their thousands when their darling Super Eagles are in action. Those people love their football like that.
The first twenty minutes or thereabout of the game was all Cameroon. As if to confirm my fears and worries, the Lions kept bombarding Shehu and flinging those crosses into the box. I tried to calm myself but that was even harder to do with the way John Obi Mikel and co. incessantly gave away the ball possession with Odion Ighalo a lonely figure up-front.
Luckily for the Nigerian in me, that was the only period I really needed to worry. The Super Eagles gradually grew into the game and took charge of the fixture. In the end, the game 4-0 in favor of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Some of the goals were made in China…
…others were made in England while some made by Moses.
But it doesn’t matter now. What matters is the statement of intent that the Nigeria’s national football team made to not just their Cameroonian neighbors, but to Africa as whole. After playing Zambia, Algeria and Cameroon, the Super Eagles remain unbeaten.
And they’ve not even dragged themselves or grinded out results in all these games. It has been almost like a stroll in the park for Nigeria’s Eagles. And that’s more reason why Africa should be afraid. There’s an eagle in the West and it’s soaring again.
I never really understood – not that interested anyway in – how the FIFA Rankings work. But with this win, I hope our rankings will change. And I’m not even the only one hoping for that change.
At this point, I’ll pretend the commentary box of a specific channel put icing on the cake
If after seeing those tweets, you’re still asking me about the commentary, you are O.Y.O.
Moving forward, there was the mild argument about which player should be awarded the MotM award.
Who was your Man of the Match on the day:
- John Mikel Obi
- Victor Moses
- Leon Baogun
- Someone Else
Please share your thoughts with me by leaving a comment.
While the argument continues, there was also a lot of praise for the Chinese League after John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo, two players who ply their trade in China, scored for the Super Eagles.
Of course, there was a prophet who called it even before the game day,
But the celebrations are already over and they’re already making plans for the future ahead.
A name that will important for the next game in Cameroon is this guy,
To finish things off, an ode to the back line that made Ezenwa look good on the day
So what’s next?
A trip to the lions’ den located in Cameroon.