Segun Odegbami Predicts Easy Win for Nigeria Over Cameroon in AFCON Clash

Segun Odegbami Predicts Easy Win for Nigeria || The Guardian Nigeria

Segun Odegbami Predicts Easy Win for Nigeria Over Cameroon in AFCON Clash

Stephen Oladehinde 16:22 - 26.01.2024

Nigerian football legend Segun Odegbami exudes confidence in the Super Eagles' upcoming clash with Cameroon in the last-16 stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

With both teams facing criticism for their lacklustre performances, the stage is set for an intense encounter in Cote d’Ivoire this Saturday.

Super Eagles Set for Showdown with Cameroon

Despite the mixed results in the group stage, Nigeria, having won two and drawn one game, is geared up to take on Cameroon. 

The Indomitable Lions, on their part, have had a rocky path to the knockout rounds, with a draw, a loss, and a narrow win against Gambia. 

The historical rivalry between Nigeria and Cameroon in AFCON, where Cameroon has bested Nigeria in three finals, adds an extra layer of excitement to the match. 

Nigeria, however, holds a notable record against Cameroon, with three wins in seven AFCON encounters, surpassed only by Egypt.

Nigeria Icon Segun Odegbami || The Guardian Nigeria
Nigeria Icon Segun Odegbami || The Guardian Nigeria

Odegbami's Unwavering Faith in Nigeria

Segun Odegbami, the hero of Nigeria's 1980 AFCON victory, remains optimistic about the Super Eagles' chances. He attributes his confidence to the quality of the pitch at the Félix Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan, which he believes will favour Nigeria's style of play. 

"I can tell you without blinking that this game against Cameroon will be our easiest game," Odegbami confidently stated to the Vanguard as reported by Soccernet. He anticipates a "free-flowing game" and is convinced that the Super Eagles have an upper hand in this matchup. 

The Super Eagles celebrating || Imago
The Super Eagles celebrating || Imago

"It’s going to be a war. There’s not going to be any easy game, especially in the knockout stages," he added, highlighting the high stakes of the knockout rounds. His unwavering belief in the team is evident, "I have unflagging confidence that this team will do it again."

The round-of-16 also features other thrilling matches, including Angola vs Namibia, Equatorial Guinea vs Guinea, Egypt vs Congo DR, Cape Verde vs Mauritania, Senegal vs Cote d’Ivoire, Mali vs Burkina Faso, and Morocco vs South Africa. The action-packed fixtures are set to begin on Saturday, January 27, and will wrap up by Tuesday, January 30.