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Nigeria’s players celebrate after scoring a goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, southern Nigeria, on September 1, 2017. | PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Monday, September 4, 2017 played a 1-1 draw against Cameroon in Yaoundé in a world cup qualifier match.

Moses Simon, a Belgium based international, scored the lone goal for Nigeria in the 30th minute with a close-range shot past goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa after a low cross eluded several Cameroon defenders.

Cameroon later equalised via a penalty kick, after goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa challenged Djoum Arnaud at the 75th minute. Aboubakar scored with a shot into the middle of the net.

With the draw, Nigeria move closer to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Super Eagles, three days prior, defeated the indomitable Lions of Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo. According to sports analysts, the loss prompted losing coach Hugo Broos to make four changes.

Among those dropped were striker Aboubakar and winger Christian Bassogog, whose second-half introductions lifted the “Indomitable Lions” and put pressure on the “Super Eagles”.

Unbeaten leaders Nigeria moved to 10 points from four matches in Group B and a home win over Zambia on October 7 will clinch a sixth World Cup appearance.

Dropping two points at home eliminated seven-time World Cup qualifiers, the African champions, Cameroon as only group winners go to Russia and they trail Nigeria by seven points with two matches to play.

Additional reports from The Guardian


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