The rivalry between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will come alive on Saturday at the Felix Houphouet Boigny, Abidjan as both teams battle each other in the Round of 16 of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast for a spot in the quarter-final.
The Super Eagles have a tough test ahead of them in the knockout phase of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigeria is aiming for a fourth AFCON title but will have to overcome the tough hurdle of five-time AFCON winner Cameroon in their chase for a podium finish in Ivory Coast.
Both Nigeria and Cameroon finished as the runners-up in their groups with Cameroon needing a thrilling 3-2 win over Gambia on Tuesday to leapfrog Guinea into second position.
The thrilling encounter between Nigeria and Cameroon will come up on Saturday in Abidjan.
Here, BusinessDay takes a look at the head-to-head stats between Cameroon and Nigeria ahead of their make-or-mar cracker at the weekend.
Nigeria and Cameroon have clashed at the Africa Cup of Nations seven times, with each team winning thrice and one game drawn.
Cameroon won the Final matches of the 1984, 1988 and 2000 AFCON tournaments, while the Eagles won the bronze-medal match 2-1 in 1992, defeated then Cup holders Cameroon 2-1 in the 2004 quarter-finals and won 3-2 in the Round of 16 in Egypt four years ago.
Both teams drew 1-1 in the group phase in 1988, Samuel Okwaraji scoring a scorcher after only two minutes in Rabat and Roger Milla equalizing with a header when the Andrew Uwe-led Nigerian defence thought they had kept him off-side.
In Alexandria in the 2019 AFCON, Nigeria ousted Cameroon from the tournament, the Super Eagles scored twice in three minutes to come from behind and win a thrilling last-16 match 3-2.