Broos gives up qualification hopes after record loss to Nigeria

Broos gives up qualification hopes after record loss to Nigeria

Cameroon’s Belgian trainer Hugo Broos cut a pale, hapless figure when facing the Nigerian media after his team were totally outclassed 4-0 by a sensational Super Eagles side in Uyo on Friday night.

His team were blown away by two goals in each half as the Eagles inflicted the heaviest defeat Cameroon have ever suffered in the hands of their proud neighbours.

Friday’s result took Nigeria to within touching distance of an appearance at Russia next summer while dealing a decisive blow to the Lions’ faint hopes.

“There is no pressure anymore. Nigeria have nine points, we have two but there is something like honour. We are playing in Yaounde on Monday so we have to fight for the honour,” submitted Broos.

“The game has no real importance anymore but therefore, I hope my players will have the same mentality that I have and fight on Monday till the last minute to beat Nigeria”

Friday’s loss left the Lions seven points behind their victors Nigeria having amassed just two points from three games. Although they have two more games to prosecute against Nigeria and Algeria, Broos blatantly admitted that his team’s chances of qualifying have been extinguished.

“Why should we have a chance (of qualifying) for the World Cup?” he rhetorically asked.

“We need to win the three games and Nigeria have to lose their three so I don’t think that will happen,” he added with a wry smile.

Nigeria and Cameroon meet again on Monday at the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde in their fourth group game in the World Cup qualifying series.

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