Former Nigerian star and assistant coach, Fatai Amoo has said 100% concentration and determination will be decisive on who wins the expected tough Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Round of 16 clash between Cup holders, Cameroon and Nigeria in Alexandria on Saturday.
Super Eagles are drawn against perennial rivals, Indomitable Lions no thanks to their runners-up performance in Group B same as the Central Africans who finished second behind Ghana in Group F.
Amoo said though he will want Nigeria to win the epic encounter he insisted that opportunities will be even for both neighbours.
“Concentration and determination will be key in the AFCON Round of 16 clash between Cameroon and Nigeria.
“Of course, we cannot afford to lose focus even a second or show complacency for the entire duration of the game.
“The clash will be tough for both sides and opportunities will be 50/50, too for the sides, victory could go the path of the side that take wholly its own chances.
“Of course, the Cameroonians know that the match will be tough same as the Nigerians.
“However, considering the Eagles performance against the Barea of Madagascar one may want to say we have fewer chances against Cameroon.
“I think it will pay us a lot to field players who know the history of the rivalry between the two countries.
“Of course, the players will be the ones to do the major job on the field of play and the coaches complementing with the right choice of players.
“For me I would rather prefer the goalkeeper that handled the first two matches to start against Cameroon as Ikechukwu Ezenwa may be badly affected by the outcome of the last group clash against Madagascar.
“Wilfred Ndidi remains quite key in the midfield and Kenneth Omeruo is in perfect shape in the defence.
“Samuel Chukwueze is critical and fantastic, too in the team, his dribbling run and creativity will be crucial for the team.
“Sincerely speaking I will want Nigeria to win the clash but nothing will come on a platter of gold,” said the former 3SC and Sunshine Stars coach to frontpixs.com.
The winners of the Cameroon/Nigeria clash will meet the winners between hosts, Egypt and South Africa in the quarterfinals.
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