40 Twitter Reactions to Nigeria’s Win Over Cameroon

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,”Β 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.Β 

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.

 

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Rotimi “Papi” Daramola is a freelance sports writer, a football content developer and a freelance football analyst who has appeared on radio to talk football. You can reach him on twitter @rotdav

 

Ivory Coast vs Mali: A Classic

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The ref rarely blew his whistle in the first half…

Save for the rare corner kicks that momentarily halted the fiery pace at which the game was being played.

This game between Ivory Coast and Mali was the first game for both sides in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. In Africa, a football game between two West African countries is always one to look forward to.

And the anticipation for this one was high the moment both teams were drawn in the same group. The powerful Ivorians versus the unpredictable Malians. And when both teams clashed over the weekend, the game lived up to the hype that had gone before it!

Typical of West African football, both sides launched attacks at each other’s goalmouths incessantly. It was a really open game with quite a handful of goalscoring chances. The tall Malians were always too busy trying to bully their way past the strong, bullish Ivorians.

By the end of the first half, four goals had already been scored. The Malians opened the scoring in the 18th minute of the game, heaping more pressure on the home side. They had been the better side for the first few minutes of the game. Deservedly, they were in front.

Conceding a goal at home is hard. Conceding the first goal of a home game is even harder. And you would have expected the Ivorians to lay down and wallow in their new-found misery of going a goal down, so early in the game and in front of the very vocal home fans. But this Ivory Coast side wasn’t interested in accepting defeat.

In quick response, they scored three goals in less than 10 minutes (26′, 31′, 34′). The Malians were rattled! It was the response of a team that ended up being the stronger, faster and better team on the night.

Of course, the Malians never recovered. Ivory Coast won the game. But the win was, in part, a testament to the deep strength the Ivorians possessed. As expected of a game of football between two African nations, it was more a display of “Who’s Stronger” than “Who’s Tactically Better.”

Flying tackles here. Body checking there. High boots in the air. Fierce shots on the grass. According to the match day commentator, this one was “a classic.” For the Ivorians, it seemed like there was some sort of trophy at stake. They were always raring to go… both defensively and while attacking.

Take nothing away from Mali. They tried all they could. They tried to get another goal, reawaken the fire with which they started the game. But the Ivorians were too strong.

In a group of four teams where only one gets the ticket to travel to the Russia 2018 World Cup, this game was the best prophet to foretell the things to come in the upcoming games.

To the death!!! (or World Cup ticket?)

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Rotimi Daramola is a freelance football writer, football analyst and football content creator that is in love with the beautiful game. You can keep up with all of his writing and also engage with him on Twitter @rotdav