The Super Eagles of Nigeria triumphed over Cameroon in the Afcon 2023, securing a spot in the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory. Atlanta forward Ademola Lookman stole the spotlight with two remarkable goals, showcasing Nigeria’s prowess.
In the match held at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan, Lookman’s goals came from coordinated team efforts, complemented by the outstanding performance of talisman Victor Osimhen. The first goal occurred in the 36th minute when Lookman tapped in a brilliant pass from Osimhen. However, an initially disallowed goal by Semi Ajayi in the 10th minute heightened the excitement.
Cameroon, led by Oumar Gonzalez, worked hard to contain Osimhen, but Nigeria explored various strategies to break through. Lookman sealed the victory in the 89th minute with another goal, securing Nigeria’s place in the quarterfinals.
The Super Eagles will now face Angola in the upcoming quarterfinal match, providing another significant challenge for the Nigerian team.
In the first half, the game witnessed moments of intensity, with Lookman’s goal in the 36th minute putting Nigeria in the lead. However, a VAR review ruled offside denied Semi Ajayi’s goal in the 10th minute. The teams headed into a cooling break, and the match resumed with Lookman scoring in the 89th minute.
The second half showcased Cameroon’s attempts to salvage the game, with Nigeria’s goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali facing repeated fouls. Despite Cameroon’s efforts, Lookman’s second goal in the 89th minute solidified Nigeria’s victory.
With this win, Nigeria advances to the quarterfinals, setting the stage for an exciting and challenging journey in the Afcon 2023.