Kalika Backs Eagles To Edge Out Cameroon In ‘Tough’ AFCON 2019 Clash

Kalika Backs Eagles To Edge Out Cameroon In ‘Tough’ AFCON 2019 Clash

Simon Kalika has told Completesports.com that he believes Super Eagles have all it takes to knock out the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the Round of 16 fixture of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Kalila, a Dutchman, assisted Samson Siasia during his coaching days in the Nigeria U20s – the Flying Eagles, in 2005 FIFA World Cup in Holland and during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Nigeria won silver medals on both occasions, following defeats in the final by Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina.

Kalika says Saturday’s clash against Cameroon will be ‘tough’ but adds that the three-time winners, Nigeria, would have an edge in the end.

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Simon Kalika

“That would be a big game, I must say,” Kalika told Completesports.com on phone from his home in the Netherlands.

“Cameroon have players with physical strength, they are fast, and I must say it will a difficult game.

“The Super Eagles are young, they try to play good football and if they can take their chances, yes, they can win.

“In their last games, they threw away good opportunities, which was not good, especially at this level.

“I hope they score and win. Yes, it is important and I believe they can do it,” Kalika said.

By Sab Osuji

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