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AFCON 2023: Nigeria deserved to go through, says Rigobert Song

AFCON 2023: Nigeria deserved to go through, says Rigobert Song

Cameroon coach, Rigobert Song, has admitted that Nigeria was the better side and deserved to qualify for the quarter-final of the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations at the expense of the Indomitable Lions. 

Nigeria emerged 2-0 winners at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan thanks to a brace from forward Ademola Lookman, scoring a goal in each half. 

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Despite holding the statistical edge in possession (58%), Cameroon’s inability to translate dominance into clear-cut chances proved their undoing. In stark contrast, Nigeria’s clinical efficiency was evident in their eight shots, four on target, and two goals.

Super Eagles players celebrating the win over Cameroon

Speaking after the game, Song, a two-time AFCON winner as a player stated that Nigeria were the superior side and his boys didn’t have what it took to mount a comeback after going behind in the first half.

“Nigeria was well organized – we were in the match but became fragile over time. The players have quality but we could not suffer and come back. Things didn’t go well today, We are a very young team, and we did our best, I believe we’ll come back stronger.”

Osimhen (right) vying with Napoli teammate André-Frank Zambo Anguissa

Since taking over as Cameroon’s coach, Song has won just six in 23 games. His team has suffered nine defeats and six draws. 

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