Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles of Nigeria face Cameroon on Monday in Yaounde, there’s no other way of looking at it.
It’s the match-day 4 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the Eagles have recorded three wins in three games.
Win and continue their roller coaster run in the Group which also comprises of Algeria and Zambia open.
Nigeria should head into this one in full confidence. Cameroon might be a dangerous team, but here are seven reasons why Nigeria can win on Monday.
1) Decent Record Against Cameroon
The Super Eagles have recorded 12 wins in 20 meetings with the Indomitable Lions since 1962.
2) Odion Ighalo was fantastic against a strong Cameroon team
Rohr is a very clever and switched on man – he will have seen what worked last Friday.
Ighalo was always on the heels of the central defenders of the Lions and was rewarded with a typical point man’s strike after out-muscling Michael Ngadeu. If he passes a late fitness test, he is expected to continue upfront in Yaounde.
3) Gernot Rohr Factor
You would expect the crafty Rohr to come up with a master plan to get past Cameroun.
The former Niger Republic tactician will be driven by a personal ambition to defeat the Indomitable Lions at home and away.
4. Ikechukwu Ezenwa
The goalkeeper has grown in leaps and bounds under the guidance of Rohr.
The Eagles will look to Ezenwa to keep them in the game against an Indomitable Lions side that has been free scoring in the past few months.
5. The John Obi Mikel factor
Mikel has established himself as the backbone of the Super Eagles midfield since making his debut against Zimbabwe in 2006.
His experience playing in big games will surely come in handy in Yaounde.
6. Leon Balogun
Leon Balogun was a terror to the duo of Vincent Aboubacar and Christian Bassogog.
Like his central defense partner William Troost Ekong‚ he has got a wealth of experience playing in the Bundesliga with FSV Mainz.
Balogun will need to marshal the Super Eagles defence with aplomb if Rohr’s team is to stop the Cameroonians from wrecking the ship.
7. Victor Moses
The Biblical Moses piloted the ship of the Israelites at the Red Sea, same with the Chelsea man who embarrassed the Cameroon back four in Uyo.
He is expected to continue his rich form in the away fixture.