Wilfred Ndidi, Super Eagles midfielder, has stated that the team is not afraid of facing Cameroon in the Round of 16 at the ongoing African Cup of Nations.
Nigeria paired the Indomitable Lions for the tie, following their shock 2-0 defeat to Madagascar in their final group game, in which they finished second.
Cameroon also finished second behind Ghana with five points in Group F, after their goalless draw against Benin-Republic at Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia on Tuesday.
There have been reports that Nigeria could face Ghana, with the thought that Cameroon would easily beat Benin and the Black Stars would possibly get a draw against Guinea Bissau. However, results turned out the opposite.
Nigeria have lost to their West African opponents in three AFCON finals, but their recent revenge was the 2-1 quarter-final victory in the 2004 edition in Tunisia.
Ndidi, who was named man of the match against Burundi, said the team are not afraid to face the competition’s defending champions.
“We are not worried about any team, it is football and we just have to go out and do what we know how to do best. The better side would win, but for now them being the current champion, it doesn’t really affect us. I don’t think we are scared of them,” he said.
The two giants of African football will square off at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday.