Nigeria vs Cameroon: Peseiro details Super Eagles game plan for last 16 clash

Nigeria head coach Jose Peseiro says he wants to see his side being decisive in the attacking third when they face Cameroon in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2024) on Saturday, January 27.

The Super Eagles are aiming to do better than they did in the last edition of the tournament by going beyond the round of 16 stage.

Despite Cameroon, who are five-time AFCON champions, standing in their way, Peseiro believes he has the right tactics to break down the Indomitable Lions. 

Super Eagles going on the offensive vs Cameroon

Addressing journalists ahead of the encounter against Nigeria’s neighbours, the Portuguese tactician said he was looking forward to playing the perfect game.

Peseiro detailed what he expects from his players against Cameroon, insisting he wants to see them play like a team and take their chances.

He also hinted at setting up his side to keep things tight at the back but be expansive up front, while aiming for a clean sheet when they come up against the Indomitable Lions.

“Play together, play like a team, and the most important thing is the result, to win the game. This tournament is a short one and we need to be decisive in specific positions,” Peseiro said.

“That’s why I prefer to keep things tight at the back and at the same time we want to play offensive football. We want to keep a clean sheet and score at least one. Then maybe we could get more.”

Nigeria vs Cameroon rivalry – one for the ages

The rivalry between Nigeria and Cameroon has stretched across several decades.

The two countries have met 23 times across friendlies and major tournaments, with Nigeria having the upper hand with 12 wins, while Saturday’s opponents have won just four times.

However, the Indomitable Lions have denied Nigeria three AFCON titles, having beaten them in the final in 1884, 1988 and 2000.  

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Emmanuel Ayamga

Emmanuel Ayamga is an African sports writer, with bylines on DW, Al Jazeera, World Soccer Magazine and These Football Times.