The Super Eagles’ next opponent in the qualification series for the World Cup, Cameroon are showing that they will be a hard nut to crack during the double-header against Nigeria.
While the Super Eagles were struggling to a 1-1 draw against Senegal, the African champions showed good stuff again as Vincent Aboubakar picked up where he left off some 50 days by again scoring for Cameroon as they beat another Eagles (Carthage) in Tunisia 1-0 away in a friendly international.
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Aboubakar netted the winner for Cameroon in last month’s final against Egypt in Libreville, Gabon and repeated the feat with a 15th minute strike in the tourist resort of Monastir, steering into the net with an outstretched leg a curling free kick from captain Benjamin Moukandjo.
Aboubakar had an excellent chance for a second 10 minutes into the second half but hit his shot wildly over the top with just the goalkeeper to beat.
Tunisia twice hit Cameroon’s woodwork during the game and Ali Maaloul came close with two late efforts for the hosts as both countries warmed up for the resumption of World Cup qualifiers later in the year.
Nigeria perch with relative comfort at the top of Group B of the African race for Russia 2018, with the maximum six points from two matches, while next opponents Cameroon, who visit Nigeria late August and then host the Eagles six days later, are in second place but four points adrift. Algeria and Zambia are the other teams in the group.