Nigeria and Cameroon play for a win


The Lion’s Cubs of Cameroon will be clashing with the Flying Eagles of Nigeria on Thursday in a game pundits have called the pinnacle of encounters in this 2011 CAF Orange African Youth Championship tournament.

Nigeria and Cameroon, two African giants, will be seeking their second victory after beating Ghana and Gambia respectively in their group B opening games on Monday at the Dobsonville stadium in Johannesburg South Africa.

Nigeria beat world and African Champion, the Black Satellites of Ghana 2-1 to top Group B on goal difference ahead of Cameroon who beat Gambia 1-0.

The stakes are high for these two West African arch rivals who will be playing to seize an early qualification into the second round and an automatic qualification to the World cup in Columbia.

Considering the long standing football rivalry and pride that comes with beating each other, these two brotherly and neighbourly nations will also be playing for honour, to assert who is the dominant team.

An action packed game is therefore expected as they go head to head on Thursday with both coaches quite optimistic about their teams ambitions.

“This is a competition, why qualify if you are afraid of playing a certain team. We are not afraid of Nigeria; rather, they should fear us. We are to play and win and Nigeria should not be of any concern to us, “said Ndoutougou Pile Coach of Cameroon.

John Obuh the flying Eagles boss does not allow himself overwhelmed by their opponent and believes that his team would crash any opponent on their way to qualification.

“We have won our first game which is important for the team and we hope to win the next game (against Cameroon) to secure a place in the semi-final,” Obuh says.
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