Moses Simon opened scoring in the 30th minute as Nigeria edged closer to a FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualification berth with a 1-1 draw away to Cameroon in Yaounde on Monday evening.
It was a cagey affair as the Super Eagles, as expected started on a back foot with the rampaging Cameroonians desperate for a result to salvage their slim World Cup Qualification hopes.
The Nigerian team however grew into the game, pressurising the Cameroonian defense with Victor Moses their biggest threat. Pressure eventually paid off as Gent’s Moses Simon fired home after 30 minutes off a good work by Odion Ighalo and the usual suspect, Victor Moses.
Super Eagles could have doubled their lead on many occasions but Ighalo would fire just over the bar after a brilliant foot work while Victor Moses lovely chip skimmed off the bar for a goal kick.
However the Cameroonians leveled up in the 75th Minute as Vincent Aboubakar converted from the spot after Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa was adjudged to have fouled a Cameroonian player in a 50-50 situation.
Both side pressed for a winner with Nigeria surviving a late onslaught from the Cameroonians as Ikechukwu Ezenwa stood firm in goal, an highlight of which was a double save which left him worse off with what looked like an injury to ensure the scoreline remained at 1-1 at full time.
As it stands now after Monday evening game, Nigeria lead the Group B standings with 10 points, 7 points ahead of Cameroon, while they are 6 points ahead of Zambia and 9 points ahead of Algeria who both have a game in hand as they play on Tuesday in another Match Day 4 Fixture.
The Super Eagles now just need a point in their next World Cup Qualifier against Zambia to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.