By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international Joseph Dosu says Cameroon’s impressive performance at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon is a good omen for the Super Eagles, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Despite a slow start, Cameroon will face Egypt in the final of the 2017 AFCON. It is the third time both teams will cross paths in the final (1986 and 2008) with Egypt winning the previous two times.
The Super Eagles will face Cameroon on matchday 3 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Uyo later in the year.
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Commenting on Cameroon’s performance, Dosu, a gold medal winner with the U-23 Eagles at Atlanta 1996, stated that it will only make the Eagles and the Nigeria Football Federation work extra hard.
“Cameroon’s performance at the 2017 AFCON shouldn’t be a cause for worry for Nigeria because we’ve seen them right from the group stage to the final,” former Super Eaglrs goalkeeper Dosu told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“If Cameroon had been knocked out in the group stage maybe Nigerians would have said we would beat them. But now that they are in the final, it will make our federation and the players work very hard ahead of the qualifiers.
“All we need to do is buckle up and make sure we get the three points against them. It is an important game for us but as we all know Cameroon are never pushovers. We’ve played Cameroon a lot of times and we know how difficult they can be especially with their physical type of football.
“And looking at their current team they are young with one or two experienced players.”
On who will emerge champions between Cameroon and Egypt, Dosu said it will be a difficult one to call.
“It has been a very good Nations Cup and one team that has impressed me the most is Egypt. They’ve gone all the way, conceded just one goal,” he added.
“Their goalkeeper (Essam El Hadary) has done well and I hope Nigeria will learn from that. If we have a goalkeeper of his calibre and is still doing very well at 44, we should allow them to continue.
“Concerning the final, it will be very difficult to pick between Egypt and Cameroon. Both teams deserved to be in the final and I can’t pick who will win.
“Whoever emerges winner I think they’ve worked for it.”