CMR vs NGA Dream 11 Team: Cameroon’s defence looks to shut out Nigeria in today’s first round of 16 clash
The dramatic bedlam of the Africa Cup Of Nations shifts its attention to the Alexandria Stadium today for the first round of 16 clash on the day. After a dramatic opening day in the knock-out stage, one which gave us two enthralling encounters, the focus lies squarely on Nigeria and Cameroon who clash heads against each other for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Yesterday’s opening two round of 16 matches in the marquee tournament were a testament to the intriguing nature of matches that are lined up our way. Brining us the first big upset of the stage were Benin who went onto defeat Morocco in the penalty shoot-out after both the sides couldn’t be separated after extra time. It was a cracker of a match, one which had everything in it as Benin took the lead before shambolically allowing Morocco in the game.
They ultimately went onto hold their composure in the penalties, winning 3-1 to book their passage to an unprecedented last eight spot. The second match of the day saw Sadio Mane miss his second penalty of the tournament before Senegal finally passed to scamper by with a 1-0 result to see them past Uganda.
Bound to be yet another jaffer of a match, Group B and F’s second placed sides contest against each other today in what promises to be yet another finely poised match. Both the sides scored the two goals in their group with Cameroon emerging out of Group F unscathed with the one win and two draws while Nigeria’s two wins came with a defeat against Madagascar as well.
With both sides having failed to traverse past the opposition’s goal on too many occasions, this is a match where the margin of error is going to be negligible if any. Expect both the defences to only elevate their performances, hovering around the strikers and making their vigil to score any extremely tentative task.
At the end of the day, we see Cameroon getting through this one given the better nature of their restrictive defence which is only one of the two to have a 100% intact record at the back.
Goal-Keeper for CMR vs NGA Dream 11
A part of the team of the group stages, Andre Onana is the undisputed pick for us in this segment. Cameroon’s shot stopper has been instrumental in getting his side to this stage without any jitters and we see him putting on a colossal showing today as well.
Defenders for CMR vs NGA Dream 11
Expect this match to be extremely closely fought, one where the defenders will create the framework of a win and take centrestage. Such is the formidable nature of both the backlines that we won’t be surprised if both the sides can’t be separated after the 90 minutes and the match goes all the way to extra-time and even penalties.
And given this script, we have decided to bring in the two defenders in, two from each side. Coming in from Cameroon is their centreback and one of the finest defender to have graced the tournament in the form of Yaya Banana who is paired alongside compatriot Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui.
From Nigeria we have opted for Ola Aina and Chidozie Awaziem with the two in tandem helping the side setup n extremely stringent and stern backline to help Nigeria shut out Guinea and Burundi.
Midfielders for CMR vs NGA Dream 11
Given the fact that this match is set to be decided by extremely fine margins, the CDMs are going to have a massive role in this one. And with Dream 11 rewarding players for tackling, blocking and putting in a hardworking shit, the defensive midfielders are going to feature heavily for us in this one.
Coming in from Nigeria is their CDM Wilfred Ndidi, Moses Simon and Andre Zambo Anguissa. The three man pivot in the centre of the park has been defiant in face of attacks, thwarting attacks perfectly to fruitfully carry out their side’s defensive gameplan.
We’ve gone ahead with the same strategy from Cameroon with enforcer Christian Bassogog finding a place in our Dream 11 side alongside the more attacking minded and a key component of their two goals against Guinea-Bissau, Andre Zambo Anguissa.
Strikers for CMR vs NGA Dream 11
The lone striker for us for this one with Karl Toko Ekambi from Cameroon coming in. He’s scored one of the two goals his side have managed, one of their finest attacking players and we see him making things tricky for Nigeria today as well.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have opted for Cameroon’s Yaya Banana to captain our side for this one while it’s their striker Karl who is their vice-captain.
Africa Cup Of Nations 2019
Match: Nigeria Vs Cameroon Round Of 16
Date And Time: 6th July, Saturday- 9:30pm IST
Venue: Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria