Nigeria Crushes Cameroon

Nigeria handed out a 3-0 beating against Cameroon on Sunday in an international friendly in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday.  Nigerian coach Sunday Oliseh says he is content with his side’s performance and believes his rebuilding process is on course.   The Super Eagles put on a convincing display against the Indomitable Lions on the night.

Both teams paraded star-studded sides and for coach Oliseh this was his second game in change and was by far his biggest assignment after taking over from Stephen Keshie.  The game got off to a flying start with end-to-end action from both teams.  Cameroon’s Stephane Mbia  and Nigeria’s John Mikel Obi were the lynch pins for their respective teams in the midfield as they bossed the game.

The Super Eagles started taking charge of the midfield when they settled early on.  In one of these forays, they won a free kick along the touchline.  Defender Efe Ambrose jumped highest to meet a well-flighted delivery by Mikel Obi in the 38th minute to give Oliseh’s side the lead before the break.  

Midfielder Samson Siani was given his marching orders after his lunging tackle on Ahmed Musa just two minutes into the second half.  Nigeria continued to dominate possession from then on.  Belgium-based Moses Simon turned Nicolas N’koulou inside and fired past Fabrice Ondoa to make it 2-0 just on the hour mark.  The Indomitable Lions were on the back-foot and a man down and it was only a matter of time before another goal would be conceded.

Odion Ighalo made it 3-0 with a glancing header in the 88th minute to give the Super Eagles a resounding victory over their fellow West African rivals.  This is Oliseh’s second win after beating Niger 2-0 in a Nations Cup qualifier last month.