This is the day many Nigerians and Cameroonians have been waiting for and it promises a lot for the victorious side. There are three points at stake, but a win for Nigeria will all but stamp the Super Eagles’ ticket to the Russia 2018 World Cup. Super Eagles’ victory will take Nigeria to nine points, meaning the team only need one more win to cement their place in Russia.
Cameroon on the other hand needs to get at least a draw and beat Nigeria in the reverse fixture in Yaoundé to get within one point of their adversaries.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state reminded them of the significance of the game scheduled for the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo. The governor, who promised to give the team $10,000 for every goal they score against Cameroon, redeemed the $30,000 he promised the Eagles for the three goals they scored against Algeria in the earlier match. He also promised to mobilise support for the team to ensure total victory over the Indomitable Lions. Udom told the players, “We are here because there is nothing as good as appreciating people, especially when the people are working for the general good. A love not expressed is a love wasted and so we are here to tell you that we appreciate what you are doing for Nigeria. “I also want to tell you that no matter how wild a cat is, there is a place you will hold it and it will not be able to harm you. Go there and win the game for us.” Speaking for the players, Skipper John Obi Mikel apologized to Nigerians for the loss to South Africa in the Nations Cup qualifier, assuring that they are here to make amends. He said the team have been training hard for the game and would show Nigerians that they are hungry to be at the World Cup.
The match holds by 5.00 p.m