Nigeria 2-0 Cameroon, thanks to goals coming from Ademola Lookman

Nigeria defeated Cameroon 2-0 at the Africa Cup of Nations, progressing to the quarterfinals, where they will meet Angola.

More from manager Jose Peseiro’s remarks to the media following Nigeria’s win: “Our football sometimes is incredible. We play well. Today we created less but we scored two goals.”

CAF named the Atalanta striker Ademola Lookman, Man of the Match after he scored both of Nigeria’s goals today, tripling his career international goal tally in one fell swoop.

These were the most crucial goals he has scored for his country, since the previous two were against minnows São Tomé and Príncipe, who are now rated 191st out of 210 by FIFA.

Asked whether Nigeria’s level might drop against a smaller side like Angola after appearing to play better against bigger nations, he responded: “See, I want to just win every game. I don’t know what Nigerians think about names in football but if we are to defeat Angola, we must play like today.”

Following Nigeria’s victory, manager Jose Peseiro provided an update on the fitness of keeper Stanley Nwabali, who suffered an injury late in the second half: “We have to wait 24 or 48 hours to know what is wrong with him but I hope he will available for the next game.”

Nigeria’s quarter-final opponents, Angola, will be without their starting custodian after Neblu received a straight red card against Namibia earlier today for touching the ball beyond the penalty area.

Karl Toko Ekambi also mentioned blunders when evaluating Cameroon’s defeat: “(Nigeria) were a solid team. We made a costly error because I believe we were fully invested in the game. We had fun, accomplished some wonderful things, and got out safely. We weren’t dangerous, but we had control. We committed a mistake that cost us the first goal, and in a knockout match, at 1-0, we know things are tricky.

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“We’re disappointed, we’ll move on.”

Vincent Aboubakar also talked to the media following Cameroon’s loss, saying, “The mood can only be bad. Today, we discovered an even more formidable foe. As you know, Nigeria is a thorn in our side. Cameroon controlled possession, but a few blunders lost us the game. That’s football, and we can’t do anything about it. We’ll simply have to pick ourselves up and be ready for the next match.

“We can feel remorse. Now we’ll be spectators at the AFCON.


Speaking to the press following Cameroon’s elimination, Rigobert Song also stated that he will take time to decide if he should continue as the team’s manager: “I am a warrior.

I enjoy doing challenging stuff. I’ve said that I’m under contract. I will have time to recover and reflect before making any judgements.”

Cameroon manager Rigobert Song talked to the media following his country’s elimination from the tournament: “We entered the competition with a young team today.” Several of the participants are new to the game.

We were the ones who allowed our opponents to create us trouble. Today, as I have already stated, we are rebuilding. Football will enable us to grow.

The AFCON is a tournament that takes place on several levels, including technical, tactical, and mental. Our youngsters today have demonstrated that we still have a lot to learn.”


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