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AFCON 2023: It’s Disappointing Losing Again To Nigeria —Cameroon AFCON Winner Laments

AFCON 2023: It’s Disappointing Losing Again To Nigeria  —Cameroon AFCON Winner Laments

Former Cameroon international Georges Mandjeck has said the Indomitable Lions losing again to Nigeria in the knockout stage at the AFCON is disappointing.

A double from Ademola Lookman secured a 2-0 win for the Super Eagles on Saturday.

It is a third straight win for the Eagles against Cameroon at the AFCON.

Also Read: AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Ready For ‘Tough Opponent’ Angola — Lookman

Since defeating the Eagles in the final of AFCON 2000, the Lions have lost in the next three meetings at the 2004, 2019 and 2023 tournaments.

Mandjeck, a 2017 AFCON winner with Cameroon and who was part of the Indomitable Lions squad that lost to the Eagles in 2019, was quoted on AllezLesLions:“Very disappointed to see the Lions crash out in the knockout like in 2019 against this Nigerian team.

“I am sure that the players gave everything but that the coach does not live up to the potential of his players.”

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  • Omo9ja 2 months ago

    The pains of Afcon 2000 live forever in our minds, and whenever we play against Cameroon, we always remember that match and the ones in the past.

    I hope Nigerians can forgive you Cameroonians for doubius wins over Nigeria one day. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Israel 2 months ago

      Not only 2000 final my brother. What about 1988 final, where their offside goal was wrongly given as a goal by the referee, and to worsen the matter, Henry Nwosu’s legitimate goal was disallowed for no concrete reason. The only win against us that was fair and square was 1984 final. We Nigerians are still licking the wound of 1988 and 2000 finals respectively.

      • Dr Banks 2 months ago

        @Isreal, it wasnt an offside goal but a dubiously awarded Penalty goal converted by Kunde while the referee wrongfully chalked off Henry Nwosu’s header equaliser for an offside

        • Aleks 2 months ago

          Actually, Henry Nwosu scored first. His goal came in the early minutes (about the 14th minute) of first half. Cameroon scored in the second half around the 55th minute through that dubious penalty awarded by referee Idrissa Sarr from Mauritania.

    • Lollipops 2 months ago

      @ Omo9ja, why are you calling the Cameroonians win dubious? You should blame Victor Ikpeba for holding his head after taken that penalty that actually went across the goal post line.

      I won’t blame the referee either because the referee went with Victor Ikpeba reactions. I’m glad we have VAR now.

      • pompei 2 months ago

        Hahahaha, Ikpeba ooo!
        He put hand for head. Why will the ref disagree with him? Na so sand take enter garri!

        • Lollipops 2 months ago

          @ Pompei, coz the referee himself couldn’t tell if the PK was goal or not, so he went with Ikpeba reaction. If Ikpeba celebrated, I can bet you, the referee would have booked it as goal.

          • pompei 2 months ago

            I totally agree, Lollipops.
            In the 2006 world cup final, Zidane’s penalty looked like it did not cross the line, but Zidane confidently celebrated the goal. His facial expression and body language suggested that he 100% believed the ball crossed the line. The ref agreed.
            If Ikpeba had behaved like Zidane, who knows what might have happened?
            It’s a lesson for young players.

      • FairPlay 2 months ago

        They were talking about the dubious of the Afcon 1988 final, not the final of 2000.Victor Ikpeba never enter Super Eagles then. Probably, you too never start watching football then

  • Moses FTx 2 months ago

    We decided to change the game, so, let them begin to strategize for the next Afcon. We’ve no apology.

  • Oh, Nigeria suffered more in your hands under the guidance of your former emperor CAF president, Issa Hayatou. Imagine winning 3 Afcons as at 2000 against the same opponents, Nigeria. The last one was right on Nigerian soil and Oliseh cried like a baby in front of live TV.

    Since Hayatou has been rightly booted out, ground don level. I think right now, Nigeria can safely cross out Cameroun from our list of African rivals.

    • Bomboy 2 months ago

      @Kel, that is very correct. We can safely assume that Cameroon is currently not one of our AFCON ‘rivals’.

      The days when they terrorized us are over (for now).

      Happy days.

  • Tunde Olasania 2 months ago

    People, why are not getting comments from Oseodion?

  • pompei 2 months ago

    Omo9ja, the number one dubious win, total daylight robbery, was that Afcon 1988 final.
    First, the disallowed Henry Nwosu’s goal for offside. If it was truly offside, then my bad. But that was a very controversial call!
    Then, to add salt to injury, Cameroon benefited from one of the most dubious penalty calls ever seen in football.
    Mr. Milla should have represented Cameroon in the olympics diving event, because that man put professional divers to shame with his spectacular dive in the Nigeria box. The referee bought it hook, line and sinker, and Kunde stepped up and slammed in a well taken penalty.
    The 1984 win can’t be disputed. Abega and company took Nigeria to the cleaners. They deserved that one.
    In 2000, na we do ourselves. Were we sleeping when Cameroon grabbed a 2 goal lead? To our credit, we fought back to equalize 2-2, but missed many chances as well. If we had taken those chances, perhaps it could have been Nigeria winning the trophy. Alas, it went to penalties, and fortune refused to smile on us.

  • pompei 2 months ago

    Kel, me I still consider Cameroon to be our rivals ooo.
    Fearsome rivals for that matter. Cameroon is a team you can never, ever take for granted.
    If you dare underestimate them, they will make you pay.
    This Cameroon we just beat is a strong team. Recall that they beat Brazil at the last world cup. They are good, and can cause serious problems for many teams.
    Which is why we’re so happy with our boys for taming them the way they did.
    That you defeated a lion in battle does not mean lions are no longer dangerous!
    Let us continue to take them very seriously. That is how we will keep beating them.

  • Olusegun. B. 2 months ago

    Cameroon had it coming . Did they think that those years where Issa Hayatou used his office to manipulate winss against Nigeria and think they can get away with it. That itself is the punishment of God happening to them .Football is supposed to be a fair game and they played dirty . Now they are complaining . why don’t they confess that they cheated in the finals in 1988 . Then this will make things clear .

    it’s cool Super Eagles are winning them . And yet I wonder how would it look like assuming they were to meet in a final without any of their countryman manipulating their wins . and it becomes fair . Let’s wait till that day . Eventually all their nations Cup final wins against Nigeria were stained

    • Kasali yomi 2 months ago

      Despite that we ve a better head to head. Nigeria has 13 wins to 5 wins of Cameroon. Its just that they won 3 times when it matters most for afcon cups.

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