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AFCON: Ighalo talks tough ahead Cameroon clash

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ODION Ighalo has revealed that the Super Eagles have no margin for error when they trade tackles with defending champions, Cameroon in a round of 16 Africa Cup of Nations clash on Saturday.

Assuming they had topped Group B, the Super Eagles would have been facing Democratic Republic of Congo in an easier contest but they faltered in their final group game, losing 2-0 to underdogs Madagascar.

Despite rumours of unrest behind the scenes, Ighalo insisted that the Super Eagles are fully focused for the task ahead.

”It is for us to work hard because the game the other day took everyone by surprise, we were a bit relaxed because we’ve gone through,” said Ighalo to busybuddiesng.com.

”This is when the work starts because when you lose now you are going out. We have been working yesterday and today, tomorrow the work continues.

”We know it is a different ball game now so you are going to see everybody with red eyes on that day of the game.’’

Ighalo scored on his Africa Cup of Nations debut against Burundi but did not add to his tally in the last two matches played by the three-time African champions.

Cameroon coach, Clarence Seedorf is worried about his team’s blunt strike force ahead of their blockbuster Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 clash against Nigeria in Alexandria on Saturday.

Like the Super Eagles, the Indomitable Lions netted only two goals in the group stages but they have a better defensive record than the West Africans, with the highly-rated Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper, André Onana yet to concede in the tournament.

Clinton N’Jie (Marseille), Stéphane Bahoken (Angers), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (PSG), Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal), Joel Tagueu (Portugal Marítimo) and Jacques Zoua (Astra Giurgiu) are the players classed as strikers in the Cameroon squad.

”I do not think of Nigeria (opponent in the round of 16), we just finished the match, I’m very happy because we qualified, but we were disappointed because we wanted to win the match, we completely controlled this match,” Seedorf was quoted as saying by France Football.

”We have to improve in several details, especially in attack, we have to be smarter to create more opportunities, we have not conceded a goal yet, there are positive things for the future. ”

The Super Eagles have not lost to Cameroon in the past 20 years.

Super Eagles midfielder, Mikel Obi is a major doubt for the round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The team’s technical adviser, Gernot Rohr confirmed this Tuesday morning ahead of Nigeria’s’ clash against perennial rivals, Cameroon.

Mikel copped the injury in the team’s 2-0 lose against Madagascar on Sunday, a situation which led to him been replaced in the second half.

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