Nigeria can all but guarantee their place at next summer’s World Cup finals by defeating Cameroon at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé on Monday evening.
The Super Eagles are unbeaten in the third round of African qualifying and should they win in the Cameroonian capital, they will have secured their spot in Russia.
Even if Zambia win, a Nigeria victory would leave them needing to win all their remaining games and scoring aplenty to overturn a wide gulf in goal difference in order to reel Gernot Rohr’s team in.
Nigeria are unbeaten after three games to lead Group B and they will be eager to take advantage in the race for World Cup qualification when they take to the field in Yaoundé.
The first leg ended in disaster for Hugo Broos’ men as they bowed 4-0 – a result which dented their chances of qualifying for Russia 2018.
Theoretically, the Indomitable Lions have blown away their World Cup chance in Uyo but they will be out in full force to banish their sore memories.
However, if their previous meeting in Godswill Akpabio Stadium is any indication of what is to come on Monday, there will be plenty of caution applied to proceedings.
Indeed, the hosts’ task has been made somewhat more difficult following the crises rocking the Cameroon Football Federation.
NIGERIA POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP
Ezenwa, Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Echiejile, Onazi, Ndidi, Mikel, Moses, Simon, Ighalo
CAMEROON POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP
Ondoa; Mabouka, Fai, Teikeu, Ngadeu; Anguissa, Siani, Djoum, Moukandjo, Bassogog; Aboubakar.
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