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Lookman credits Nigeria team-mates as Eagles fly away with 2-0 win over Lions

Lookman credits Nigeria team-mates as Eagles fly away with 2-0 win over Lions

Ademola Lookman says his Nigeria team-mates’ collective effort is responsible for the Super Eagles’ win over Cameroon that helped them to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.

Lookman scored twice as Nigeria defeated Cameroon 2-0 on Saturday at the Felix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan to advance to the quarterfinals.

Lookman, who was named Man of the Match, said: “Wow, we’re so happy to qualify for the quarter-finals.

“The more we play together, the more fluid we become. I’m standing here now but this award reflects the whole team’s performance.”

The 26-year-old is relishing his first CAF AFCON experience: “I love this atmosphere, it’s incredible. Tonight our fans pushed us to the end because this was Cameroon, and when you wear the Super Eagles shirt, some games resonate more than others.”

On Friday, Nigeria will face Angola in the quarters after they beat Namibia 3-0 earlier on Saturday.

Lookman added: “Angola are a good team. We’ll analyze them and prepare. The further you go, the tougher it gets so we’ll take it game by game.”

Nigeria is searching for their fourth title first since 2013. Lookman’s brace brings them one step closer to ending that drought.

Eagles fly away with 2-0 win over Lions

Ademola Lookman was the hero as Nigeria beat Cameroon in the Round of 16 clash between the continental heavyweights on Saturday.

In front of a vibrant crowd at the Felix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Cameroon started brightly with Zambo Anguissa finding Karl Toko Ekambi, but the striker’s shot was blocked by William Ekong.

Nigeria thought they had taken an early lead when Lookman’s 9th minute corner was turned in by Ajayi, but VAR disallowed it for offside.

The Super Eagles did break through in the 36th minute after Victor Osimhen pounced on a defensive mistake to set up Lookman, who finished coolly pastthe Cameroonian keeper.

Cameroon were unable to deal with Nigeria’s intensity and conceded again just before full time when Lookman latched onto his own through ball before slotting home to make it 2-0.

The result sends Nigeria into a quarter-final clash with Angola, while Cameroon exit at the last 16 stage.

With their clinical victory in a TCAF AFCON heavyweight bout, Nigeria show they have the quality and experience to potentially end their long wait for a fourth continental title.

Cameroon’s coach, Rigobert Song, said:

“We had the youngest team; there are players who are discovering. We gave the opponent the opportunity to put us in difficulty; it’s part of the game. As I’ve said before, we are in reconstruction. It’s by making these mistakes that we will grow. Football is like that. The AFCON is a competition that is played on all levels: technical, tactical, and especially mental. I have a youthful that is discovering; it played, and we still have a lot to learn.”

Nigeria’s coach, José Peseiro, said:

“We will now focus on our next match against Angola, which is having an excellent tournament. We must take this opponent seriously, so we will continue to sleep early and eat pasta (laughs). Jokes aside, all the teams at this stage are capable of winning the tournament.”

CAFOnline

 

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