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AFCON 2023: Faris Pemi reveals Cameroon’s target against Nigeria

by Lesley Ngwa
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Indomitable Lions of Cameroon forward, Faris Pemi Moumbagna has promised the team will give its best to ensure they get the result against the Super Eagles of Nigeria during Saturday’s eight-final clash at the Felix Hougphet Boigney stadium in Abidjan.

Cameroon face Nigeria in the the knockout of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in a remake of the 2019 fixture which the five-time African champions lost 2-3.

Ahead of the game new Olympique of Marseille striker Faris has said they are willing to give their all to achieve qualification.

“Yes, we have prepared properly. We have a good ambiance. It is a direct knockout stage and we have this in mind.

“We are going to approach the game with 200% and give our all on the pitch,” Pemi added.

The striker in the first tournament for his country further highlighted the atmosphere in the team.

“It is a football game and we cannot be less confident. We will approach the game with confidence.

“We are not afraid of the team we are facing. If we are able to achieve this stage it is not by chance.

On their relationship with Samuel Eto’o, the 26-year-old and his proximity to the team.

“I think we have a very good relationship with him (Eto’o). It is not every time we have such a kind of FA President. He is such a good personality.”

The game has been tagged the final before the final.

The Super Eagles have however dominated the most recent meetings between the two sides. They claimed victory during the quarter-finals in the 2004 edition played in Tunisia as well as a round of 16 win during the 2019 showpiece in Egypt.

Housed in Group A of the competition, Nigeria did not really suffer to obtain its ticket for the second round. After a draw (1-1) against Guinea during their first outing, José Peseiro and his team won edged Cote d’Ivoire by 1-0 before getting the same result over Guinea-Bissau to secure their ticket.

Cameroon had a slightly more difficult journey after playing out to a 1-1 draw to Guinea, losing 3-1 to Senegal and eventually fought back for a 3-2 win over The Gambia.

A total of eight TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations trophies is spread amongst the two nations: Five for the Indomitable Lions (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017) and three for the Super Eagles (1980, 1994 and 2013)

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