Ahead of the Super Eagles of Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Uyo on September 1, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI highlights some of the most thrilling, even controversial, encounters between the two African football giants…
CAMEROON 3-1 NIGERIA (1984 AFCON: FINAL)
Nigeria’s first ever meeting against Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations was in the final of the 1984 edition in Cote d’Ivoire.
It was Nigeria’s second appearance in the final (first appearance as hosts in 1980) while it was Cameroon’s first.
The late Mudashiru Lawal gave Nigeria the lead in the 10th minute but goals from Rene N’Djeya (32nd minute), Theophile Abega (79th minute) and Ernest Ebongue (84th minute) sealed Cameroon’s first ever AFCON title.
NIGERIA 1-1 CAMEROON (1988 AFCON: Group Stage)
The 1988 AFCON in Morocco saw Nigeria make a return after failing to qualify for Egypt 1986 AFCON.
The team under Manfred Hoener were drawn in Group B with Cameroon, Kenya and Egypt.
And in their second group game, Cameroon forced Nigeria to a 1-1 draw. The late Samuel Okwaraji opened scoring for Nigeria with a superb left-foot volley from the edge of the box after just minutes before Roger Milla equalised for Cameroon on 21 minutes.
Both Nigeria and Cameroon advanced into the semifinals, where Nigeria met Algeria and Cameroon faced hosts Morocco.
CAMEROON 1-0 NIGERIA (1988 AFCON: Final)
After defeating Algeria in a thrilling semi-final clash, Nigeria once again met Cameroon in the final hoping to avenge their 1984 AFCON loss.
But it was Cameroon who triumphed following Emmanuel Kunde’s 55th minute penalty after Roger Milla was fouled in the Nigerian box.
In the first half of the game, Henry Nwosu thought he had given Nigeria the lead after heading past Joseph-Antoine Bell but referee Idrissa Sarr of Mauritania inexplicably disallowed it as Nwosu was contoversially flagged for offside.
NIGERIA 2-0 CAMEROON (1990 World Cup Qualifier, 1st leg, Group Stage)
In the second round of the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Nigeria were drawn in Group C with Cameroon, Gabon and Angola.
Nigeria faced Cameroon on matchday three at Liberty Stadium in Ibadan and won 2-0 thanks to goals from late Stephen Keshi and Samson Siasia.
Keshi put Nigeria 1-0 up in the 43rd minute before Siasia sealed the win in the 86th minutes.
CAMEROON 1-0 NIGERIA (1990 World Cup Qualifier, 2nd leg, Group Stage)
Nigeria and Cameroon squared off in their final Group C game in Yaounde with Nigeria needing an outright win to top the group.
But it was Cameroon who eventually won thanks to a 31st minute header by Francois Oman-Biyik which sealed a 1-0 win for the home team.
Nigeria lost more than the three points, however, as goalkeeper David Ngodigha was involved in a collision and lost a tooth.
Cameroon went on to qualify for the play-offs where they beat Tunisia 3-0 on aggregate to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.
NIGERIA 2-1 CAMEROON (1992 AFCON: 3rd-place match)
For the fourth time, Nigeria and Cameroon crossed paths at the AFCON, this time, in the third-place match at the 1992 AFCON in Senegal.
Nigeria secured their first win against Cameroon at the AFCON following a 2-1 win.
Friday Ekpo scored from a free-kick in the 75th minute to give Nigeria a 1-0 lead. Emmanuel Mabouang equalised for Cameroon in the 85th minute before the late Rashidi Yekini scored the winner with two minutes left.
CAMEROON 2-2 NIGERIA (2000 AFCON: Final)
Ghana and Nigeria co-hosted the 2000 AFCON but it was Nigeria who, after missing the 1996 and 1998 AFCONs, that qualified for the final.
Standing between Nigeria and a third AFCON title were Cameroon who were also eyeing a third title as well.
Nigeria did not have the best of starts as two goals from Samuel Eto’o and Patrick Mboma in the 26th and 31st minute respectively stunned a packed National Stadium in Lagos.
On the stroke of half-time, Raphael Chukwu made it 2-1 before Austin Okocha made it 2-2 on 47 minutes.
But it was Cameroon who once again had the last laugh as they went on to win 4-3 on penalties, the third time they would be Nigeria in an AFCON final.
NIGERIA 2-1 CAMEROON (2004 AFCON: Quarter-final)
Cameroon retained the AFCON title in Mali 2002 but lost their crown at the 2004 edition in Tunisia after losing 2-1 to Nigeria in the quarter-final.
Eto’o put Cameroon in front in the 42nd minute but Okocha equalised with a brilliant free-kick.
And in the 73rd minute, John Utaka ran on to a superb pass from Nwankwo Kanu before slotting the ball past Carlos Kameni to give Nigeria the win.