The race to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup has come to an end for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon following their heavy defeat to Nigeria, coach Hugo Broos moans.
The Lions were hosted and thrashed 4-0 by the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Friday.
First half goals from Odion Ighalo and captain Mikel Obi, who both ply their trade in the Chinese Super League, gave the Nigeria side a commanding lead into the second half of the game.
English Premier League pair of Victor Moses and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho then added to their visitors’ woes in the second half securing a thumping win over the African champions.
“The second leg is not important again. We don’t have a chance of reaching the World Cup. Russia 2018 won’t happen for us,” Broos said after their loss.
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The Belgian gaffer, who earlier banked on his side’s experience for a favourable result, went on to express his disappointment in his team over their poor outing.
“If you have the experience but didn’t play well on the day then your experience does not count. We lost today to a better team,” he added.
Nigeria, who are atop the group B on 9 points having won three games, will travel to play the reverse fixture in Yaounde on Monday.
The other members of the group, Algeria and Zambia, will play their matchday 3 fixture on Saturday.
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