CMR vs NGA Dream11 Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Every game can be a knockout blow and no fixture in the round-of-16 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is bigger than the one between Nigeria and Cameroon.
These two giants were amongst the pre-tournament favourite, but only one can go to the next round. We will be closer to reality when the match kicks off at Alexandria Stadium, this weekend, on Saturday night (IST).
CMR vs NGA Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
How did they qualify?
Every team has to face their direct rivals at some stage in the big tournament if they are eying the ultimate glory. But every manager would love to face the best in the latter stages of the competition, and Nigeria are only themselves to blame for a matchup with Cameroon as they finished 2nd in the group, behind Madagascar, which was deemed as a cakewalk for them at the start of the tournament.
Cameroon are not setting the tournament on fire by any means. A return of just one win is not what is expected from the defending champions.
The Africa Cup of Nations 2019 match will be played between Nigeria and Cameroon at Alexandria Stadium, in Alexandria, Egypt. The ground has a capacity of 20,000.
The game will start at 09:30 PM (IST), on Tuesday, July 06.
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Recent form (Last six matches) Nigeria – W W D W W L Cameroon – W W D W D D
Nigeria Team News:
Captain John Obi Mikel missed Nigeria’s training ahead of this game and is expected to miss the match. The former Chelsea midfielder picked up a knee injury during Nigeria‘s 2-0 defeat against Madagascar.
Right-back Shehu Abdullahi, who suffered a hamstring injury in Game-1, has returned to light training. That said, he remains doubtful and will be assessed ahead of the match.
Nigeria squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations:
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina, Chidozie Awaziem, Leon Balogun, Jamilu Collins, William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Abdullahi Shehu
Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo, John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, John Ogu
Forwards: Samuel Chukwueze, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Kalu, Ahmed Musa, Paul Onuachu, Henry Onyekuru, Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
According to reports, left-back Jamilu Collins is back in full training and will be considered for the game. Though, Ola Aina is expected to start the game
If Shehu Abdullahi fails to shake off his injury, Chidozie Awaziem will be starting the match at right-back.
With John Obi Mikel out injured, Leicester City’s Wilfried Ndidi will come straight into the XI.
Moreover, Daniel Akpeyi should regain his position in goal after keeping the clean sheets in the first two games. Ikechukwu Ezenwa started the last game.
Nigeria Probable XI:
Ikechukwu Ezenwa (GK), Olaoluwa Aina, Leon Balogun, William Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfried Ndidi, John Ogu, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Samuel Kalu, Odion Ighalo
Cameroon Team News:
Cameroon have a healthy squad available for the next game.
Cameroon squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations:
Goalkeepers: Carlos Kameni, Andre Onana, Fabrice Ondoa
Defenders: Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo, Gaetan Bong, Collins Fai, Jean Armel Kana-Biyik, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Dawa Tchakonte, Banana Yaya
Midfielders: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Arnaud Djoum, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Pierre Kunde Malong, Georges Mandjeck
Forwards: Stephane Bahoken, Christian Bassogog, Olivier Boumal, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, Karl Toko Ekambi, Clinton Njie, Joel Tagueu, Jacques Zoua
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Collins Fai justified his place in the playing 11 with two solid performances in the last two matches. The 26-year-old should start at right-back ahead of Joyskim Dawa.
While Clarence Seedorf should name Ambroise Oyongo at left-back, with Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Yaya Banana starting at the central positions.
Clinton Njié started the last group game on the bench, but expect him to be in the thick of the action from the off, which should be the case with Gaetan Bong as well.
Returning to the playing 11 should be Georges Mandjeck. The 30-year-old was left out of the squad for the last game.
Cameroon Probable XI:
Onana (GK), Collins Fai, Yaya Banana, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Ambroise Oyongo, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Georges Mandjeck, Arnaud Djoum, Christian Mougang Bassogog, Karl Toko Ekambi, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting