The Super Eagles ended round one of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup as group B leaders after beating Zambia 2-1 and Algeria were held 1-1 at home on Sunday.
The Desert Foxes, unbeaten in seven matches and in one calendar year, entered this fixture with so much confidence and expectation, and it seemed to be going as planned when Hilal Soudani gave them the lead just after seven minutes.
The fans at the stadium in Blida leapt for joy, as Cameroon looked like they would be in for a roasting and that their poor run against the Algerians would continue.
And so it looked, with the North Africans domination play early on, Riyad Mahrez, Soudani and Islam Slimani all posing threats to the Cameroonian goal.
It wasn’t the Algerians who posed threats though, as the Indomitable Lions also showed glimpses of what they used to be known for with some robust display, which paid off in the 24th minute, Benjamin Moukandjo leveling the score for the Lions, silencing the home crowd.
With the game restarting at 1-1, it was another opportunity for both sides to try to reassert themselves and begin the series with a victory.
Tried as both sides did, it wasn’t to be as the game ended in a stalemate, meaning Nigeria’s 2-1 win over Zambia in Ndola earlier in the day see them leading the pack with maximum points, ahead of second round of matches next month, which will see them host Algeria in Port Harcourt.