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Babalade: Super Eagles Must Conquer Fear Of Cameroon

Babalade: Super Eagles Must Conquer Fear Of Cameroon

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Former Super Eagles defender Ajibade Babalade believes a Nigeria win against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in September will redeem the pride of Nigeria and conquer the fear factor the Eagles seemingly have facing the African champions, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

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“After the recent disappointments of not qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations and how we’ve started in the qualifiers for the 2019 AFCON, not qualifying for Russia 2018 will be criminal,” Babalade who faced the Lions in the third place match of the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal which Nigeria won said.

“The ultimate goal is qualification for the World Cup next year but it is also crucial that this mental block that is Cameroon is dealt with.

“We have to stop what seems like the fear of Cameroon. We have to get good results over two legs.”

Nigeria lead Russia 2018 Africa qualifying Group B with six points from two games, while Cameroon are second fours points adrift.

The Super Eagles host Cameroon in Uyo on Friday while the Lions host the return leg three days later in Yaounde.

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  • Ako Amadi 5 years ago

    The fear of Cameroon is in the old generation of Ajibade Babalade, and company who played against the Indomitable Lions in the 1980s and 1990s. The present crop of Nigerian players are far from scared of Cameroon, and have not even played against them competitively. Why should Victor Moses, or Mikel Obi feel inferior to Cameroon players? Let us not transfer our fear from the spectator stands to our players. We respect Cameroon, but do not fear them.

    • Ako Amadi I like your Response, But even in the days of Okocha, Kanu and co we still didn’t fear Cameroon we were just unlunky we got robbed in 2000.. I think Nigerian media’s attitude towards this game is very damagin g to our progress by suggesting we fear Cameroon and so on.. even Gernot Rohr’s comments may backfire on his players by him (Rohr) suggesting that Nigeria is playing against a better team in Cameroon.. If I recall clearly Cameroon were not better than us when we were hammering Zambia and Algeria all of a sudden now Rohr is putting this fear in his players. This coach Rohr is begingng to show cracks is his managerial style and I am not liking it. it all started from his tactics against South Africa now his mind games against Cameroon is also poor.

      • Ako Amadi 5 years ago

        Thanks Ugo! I agree with you. Gernot Rohr has the best material in Africa, as far as footballers are concerned. If he cannot come up with a strategy to defeat Cameroon on home soil, then it will show that he is not fit to handle the Super Eagles. You cannot own a Mercedes Benz and keep complaining that your neighbour’s Toyota is better

  • Elliot wilkie 5 years ago

    players like Bonaventure and Joel obi would be good for this match base on current form.