2019 AFCON: Cameroon – Nigeria, the rivalry continues….

The defending champions of African football, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will take on the e Super Eagles of Nigeria in one of the decisive Round of 16 matches at the ongoing 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

The knockout match will be fielded at the 20.000-seater capacity Alexandria Stadium this Saturday 6th July 2019.

The high profile game will see five-time champions take on three-times champions, Nigeria in a game described as a battle of the soaring Super Eagles and the roaring Indomitable Lions.


Nigeria – Cameroon: A 35-year AFCON affair

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and the Super Eagles of Nigeria have a long standing clashes of some 35-years at the Africa Cup of Nations


The Super Eagles of Nigeria participated at their first AFCON in 1963 tournament in Ghana with six countries in the tournament. The host, Ghana won the trophy after defeating Sudan.

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon made their debut participation at the 1970 AFCON in Sudan. Egypt humbled Sudan to lift the prestigious trophy

In all, Nigeria counts 18 participations and Cameroon 19 at the AFCON tournament.
The neigbours have met six times at the AFCON with the first dating back to 1984 in Cote D’Ivoire.
-18th March 1984 Cameroon v Nigeria 3-1
-17th March 1988 Nigeria v Cameroon 1-1
-27th March 1988 Cameroon v Nigeria 1-0
-25th January 1992 Nigeria v Cameroon 2-1
-13 February 2000 Nigeria v Cameroon 2-2 (2-3)
-08 February 2004 Cameroon v Nigeria 1-2

In the six meetings, Cameroon has defeated Nigeria three times, played two draws while Nigeria has humbled the Lions just once

According to FIFA’s statistics, the two African heavyweights have not been regular combatants down the years, meeting in just 18 matches across all competitions database.



The record is very much in favour of the Super Eagles, who have claimed 10 wins compared to just three for the Indomitable Lions, while five matches have been drawn.

Nigeria v Cameroon – Overall record
Matches played: 18
Nigeria wins: 10
Cameroon wins: 3
Draws: 5
Nigeria goals: 26
Cameroon goals: 16

Nigeria vs Cameroon: World Cup qualifiers
Matches played: 4
Nigeria wins: 2
Cameroon wins: 1
Draws: 1
Nigeria goals: 6
Cameroon goals: 4

When the two meet this Saturday 6th July 2019, Nigeria will not forget how Cameroon defeated them at the final of the AFCON in 1984, 1988 and 2000.



Ahead of the seventh AFCON meeting for the footballing countries, the two teams have been closing ranks and mapping winning out strategies.

Both Coaches recently faced the press in a pre-match conference to assure the fans of their preparedness for the crucial knockout match

A win for either Nigeria or Cameroon will help the team advance to the quarterfinal stage of the ongoing AFCON jamboree

Benly Anchunda in Alexandria, Egypt

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