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5 Memorable Matches Between Nigeria And Cameroon/DR Congo

5 Memorable Matches Between Nigeria And Cameroon/DR Congo

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will on Sunday play against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in an international friendly at the 11,000-capacity Edmond Machtens Stadion, Brussels, Belgium. 

But before then they are billed to face DR Congo in another test game still in Belgium on Thursday 

Completesportsnigeria's IZUCHUKWU OKOSI takes a look at the five cracking games involving Nigeria and these two brilliant African nations that will remain indelible in the minds of their fans. 

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon won their first African Cup of Nations title at the 14th edition of the tournament at the expense of the Green Eagles of Nigeria. 

Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan in Cote d' Ivoire, was the venue of the final and it was Nigeria's Muda Lawal that scored the first goal of the match in the 10th minute. 

René Brice N'Djeya (32nd minute), Theophilus Abega (79th minute) and Ernest-Lottin Ebongue (84th minute) scored three goals to wrestle the game from Nigeria as the Lions roared to a 3-1 win over coach Adegboye Onigbinde's men.

This was the final of the African Cup of Nations at the Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca in Morocco on the 27th of March 1988. 

The Nigerian team had been most bookmakers' favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations title. Sadly Nigeria lost the game. The referee that officiated the final, Idrissa Sarr. from Mauritania overruled a Henry Nwosu headed goal that many saw as a legitimate effort. 

Cameroon's Emmanuel Kunde scored a penalty for his team in the 55th minute which proved the match winner eventually in the tight 1-0 win for the Lions. 

Both sides had met in the group stages and it ended 1-1.  The late Samuel Okwaraji had scored Nigeria's goal, a pile drive from 25 yards, but Cameroon had  pegged back to score an equaliser through the ageless Roger Milla. 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria on 2 April 1994, played Zaire (now known as DR Congo) in one of the quarter-final clashes of the 1994 African Cup of Nations at the Stade El Menzah, Tunis. 

The legendary late Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria's goals in the 51st and 71st minutes of the game to reach the semi -inals. 

Prolific and proficient Yekini was at the peak of his powers between 1992 and 1994 and his goals at the 1994 AFCON tournament went a long way to making the Eagles reach the final and eventually winning the title for the second time.     

Another African Cup of Nations final between the two African rivals. 

The game on 13th February 2000 ended 2-2 at full time at the Lagos National Stadium with Samuel Etoo (26th minute) and Patrick Mboma (31st minute) scoring to put the Lions ahead but goals by master dribbler and midfield wizard Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha (45th minute) and Chukwu Ndukwe (47th minute) restored parity. 

However the Indomitable Lions broke the hearts of millions of Nigerian fans by controversially winning the ensuing penalty shootout. 

Super Eagles forward Victor Nosa Ikpeba scored a 'legitimate spot kick' which had gone underneath the cross bar but rather than roll inside the net, the ball which television replays aptly captured to have crossed the line bounced out of the lines and the match referee, Mourad Daami from Tunisia, ruled to be a missed kick. 

Nwankwo Kanu also missed his effort but Okocha, Godwin Okpara and current Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, converted their kicks. 

It was the third straight AFCON final victory for Cameroon over Nigeria.

The Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet Stadium in Monastir, Tunisia on 8th February 2004 was the venue of the quarter-final game between Nigeria and Cameroon in 2004. 

Samuel Eto'o had put the Cameroonians ahead in the 42nd minute but Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha's 45th minute freekick and John Utaka's 73rd minute's silky finish made it two breathtaking goals to ensure the Eagles won 2-1 and in the last four of the tournament. 
It was sweet revenge for the Eagles for all the years of pain from their neighbours. 
Okocha was the Most Valeuable Player of the 2004 AFCON and joint Golden boot winner with four goals to his credit.

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