The Super Eagles of Nigeria earned a comfortable 3-0 win against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun in a friendly match played at the Edmond Machtens-Stadion in Brussels on Sunday.
This emphatic win is a morale booster for the Sunday Oliseh led team, after the setback of the 2-0 to Congo Dr on Thursday in Verviers. The long knives were out for the managers neck coupled with the confrontation between Oliseh and former Eagles skipper Vincent Enyeama – though the feud has been settled.
In this article, 366football.com highlights the five lessons from Nigeria’s victory over their illustrious Central African opponents:
- Mikel has got his mojo back
Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi called the shots for Nigeria against Cameroun, with an assist for Efe Ambrose’s opening goal in the friendly encounter. The Blues midfield linchpin covered every blade of grass and distributed balls with panache and confidence. If the Mikel machine revs in this manner when it matters most, the Eagles are home and dry.
- Ighalo is the joker under Oliseh’s sleeves
Watford striker Odion Ighalo transferred his sizzling form from the English Premier League to the Green and White shirt of Nigeria, where he registered a goal after his entry into the game as a second-half substitute. Ighalo’s swash-buckling style is a threat for any opposing defence line and he reenacted that kind of form on Sunday. Going ahead, the Ighalo attacking threat should be unleashed on Super Eagles opponents.
- Moses Simon is the new kid on the block
KAA Gent striker Moses Simon scored a goal that will make even the world’s best forwards go green with envy. The way he displaced the Camerounian defender and fired a shot that didn’t give Fabrice Ondoa any chance whatsoever. Simon has proven to be a gem that can be groomed for greater heights and his participation in the Uefa Champions League this term will do some good to his overall game.
- There’s room for improvement
In holistic terms, the Super Eagles exhibited a newfound form against Cameroun; it was a huge departure from the 2-0 loss against Congo DR where the shambolic performance on the day confined the Eagles to defeat. With time, Oliseh’s team will blend and deliver the sucker punch when it matters most.
- Balogun is becoming an authority in Nigeria’s defence
FSV Mainz 05 defender Leon Balogun made some vital interceptions against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun and he exhibited flashes of brilliance that showed he’s got something to offer. The only element he needs to incorporate into his game is speed to counter attacking forays in the defensive area.