International football is back, and things are heating up real fast, more so in Nigeria, where the national team, Super Eagles, are set to trade tackles with their counterparts from Cameroon, the Indomitable Lions.
Nigeria hosts Cameroon in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo on September 1, with all to play for. But each time Nigerians hear Cameroon, the tendency to trepidate that has moved this writer to ask ‘why?’
Aclsports decided to delve into the archives of clashes between these two giants of the game in the continent to find answers but have come to this conclusion: THESE LIONS ARE NOT INDOMITABLE AGAINST THE SUPER EAGLES!!!
In fact, my findings show that the Eagles have soared about the Lions, and will soar again.
But if you doubt it, then, here are reasons why there is nothing indomitable about the Lions that Super Eagles or their fans should fear about.
FORGET THEIR MUSCLES
When you look at the average Cameroonian player, you wonder what they eat, given their huge frames. But then, this hasn’t helped them much against the Super Eagles, especially in recent years. Why?
NIGERIA DOMINATES THE HEAD-TO-HEAD
As far as matches between both nations are concerned, the Lions have a lot to improve on. 20 times they have met, but have not been be indomitable, as the Eagles have soared 10 times, drawing six of those matches.
FOUR LOSSES SINCE 1980
So, they are Indomitable but have only beaten Nigeria four times since 1980, with last coming via penalty shootout in 2000?
IT’S NOT AFCON
The Lions have also hardly been indomitable against the Eagles in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. They have met four times, and 1 win and 2 losses hardly indicates invincibility, even with their physique.
The Super Eagles last met the Indomitable Lions in 2015, during a friendly in Brussels, but were thrashed 3-0, with Efe Ambrose, Moses Simon and Odion Ighalo with the goals. Indomitable?
According to Merriam Webster, Indomitable means ‘incapable of being subdued’- now with ten wins out of a possible 20 matches, and six draws, there may be another meaning for the word indomitable.
Also, Webster added that ‘impregnable, unbeatable’ are some of the words synonymous with Indomitable. But again, these particular Indomitable have been penetrated 26 times by the Eagles.
So, you still think they are indomitable but the Eagles don’t soar?
Well, do let us know, but before we go, something more for you…
Some big players are back for the Super Eagles
Nigeria lost its last international match against South Africa 2-0 in the venue for tomorrow’s encounter with the Lions, but did so without some key players like captian, Mikel Jon Obi, Victor Moses, Carl Ikeme and Leon Balogun.
Of these four, only Ikeme won’t be in Uyo, as he is currently out injured. But with Mikel, Moses and Balogun back in the side, manager Gernot Rohr can finally smile.
Odion Ighalo has made a promise of scoring again against the Lions.
“I must say I came back with my scoring boots and I pray I convert my chances against Cameroon,” Ighalo said, per Daily Post.
“Though, winning is paramount to me as that is the main aim of the team, I desire to score against Cameroon,” he added.
So, what are your thoughts? Are the Lions of Cameroon truly indomitable?