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Breaking: Nigeria Gets Cameroon for AFCON Last 16

Ghana 2-0 Guinea Bissau

Ojim Samuel Kalu of Nigeria celebrates goal with teammates during the 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier match between South Africa and Nigeria at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 17 November 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria will battle the Indomitable Lion of Cameroon in AFCON last 16, sportinglife.ng can report.

The fixture emerged on Tuesday evening after defending champions Cameroon and Benin played out a goalless draw, allowing both sides to progress into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The result means Cameroon finished second in Group F to set up a tasty meeting with Nigeria on July 6 in Alexandria.

Benin went through as one of the four best third-placed teams but must wait to find out their next opponents.

Cameroon came closest to scoring but both Ambroise Oyongo and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting saw their efforts saved.

Goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe dived full length to his right to make two stunning fingertip saves in the opening period.

Benin’s best chance fell to Stephane Sessegnon, but the former Sunderland and West Brom midfielder struck a free-kick narrowly wide.

Ghana beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 and will face the second-placed team from Group E. The final group games take place Tuesday evening with Mali already going through, while Tunisia, Angola and Mauritania all still in contention to progress.

Cameroon defeated Nigeria in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 1984, 1988 and 2000, but most painful for the Super Eagles was that agonizing penalty shoot-out loss in front of home fans at the National Stadium, Lagos on 13th February 2000.

Nigeria and Cameroon share eight African titles between them. While the Indomitable Lions have won five times (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017), Nigeria were champions in 1980, 1994 and 2013.

See the stat for the two matches below.

 

 

 

 

 

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