Nigeria booked their place in the quarter finals of the AFCON competition in Ivory Coast with a 2-0 win over Cameroon.
After defeating the Indomitable Lions in the round of 16 on Saturday, the Super Eagles are in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations thanks to a brace from Ademola Lookman.
At the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Lookman scored in the 36th minute, adding a second after halftime as Nigeria outplayed Cameroon largely.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Angola in the last eight in Abidjan next Friday February 2 after the Angolans also beat Namibia 3-0 in Bouake earlier on Saturday in the first of the knockout round games.
While Ademola Lookman’s two goals made him a critical figure in the win, Nigeria’s African Footballer of the Year Victor Osimhen was extraordinary with his work rate and drove his team to triumph.
After a largely uninspiring performance in the group phase, where they finished second in their section, Nigeria showed much improvement and received exactly what they deserved.
Osimhen created the first goal by preventing defender Oumar Gonzalez from receiving the ball and then unselfishly passing it to Lookman on his right. Lookman’s shot was close to goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa but somehow slipped under him and into the net. This was how Osimhen started the first goal.
As Osimhen’s pace continually troubled the Indomitable Lions, Lookman had an opportunity for a second goal in the 56th minute from a free kick on the edge of the Cameroon penalty area.
Lookman gave Ola Aina a chance in the 85th minute, but it was blocked. In the 90th minute, Lookman scored at the near post thanks to a clever passing move with Alex Iwobi and Calvin Bassey.
After nine minutes, Nigeria also had the ball in the net, but a VAR check ruled it out. Central defender Semi Ojayi was considered to be offside prior to gobbling up a bounce back from close range after Ondoa two times endeavored to punch clear from a corner.
Nigeria are through to the last eight for the thirteenth time in their over 14 Cup of Nations finals appearances.
On Sunday, Equatorial Guinea play Guinea in Abidjan followed by a clash in San Pedro between Egypt and Democratic Republic of Congo, without injured Mohamed Salah.
More games in the round of 16 are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, including a match between Senegal and hosts Ivory Coast.