Nigeria advanced to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a comfortable win over Cameroon. Ademola Lookman was the man to seal the spot in the last eight, as he netted early in the match and added a second late in the contest. Cameroon were unable to find a way past the Nigeria defence, as The Super Eagles kept their hopes of AFCON glory alive.
Ademola Lookman scored twice as Nigeria earned a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-0 win over Cameroon.
The former Everton, Fulham and Leicester midfielder scored a goal in each half to help secure The Super Eagles’ place in the last-eight.
Cameroon survived an early scare when Semi Ajayi’s effort was chalked off having deemed to be offside by VAR.
In the 36th-minute, Lookman was played through by Victor Osimhen and his shot squeezed through goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, who was chosen ahead of Manchester United’s Andre Onana.
Inspired by the lively Osimhen, Nigeria continued to create chances after the restart as Lookman’s free-kick agonisingly whistled over the bar.
However, an injury to goalkeeper Stanley Nwabili – who did not have a save to make before his departure in the 75th minute – slightly soured the night for Jose Peseiro’s side.
The Golden Boot winner of the 2021 edition, Vincent Aboubakar was introduced for his first appearance of the tournament but with just over 10 minutes of normal time remaining, the Cameroon striker failed to have any influence.
Lookman secured victory with a tidy finish from Calvin Bassey’s cross in stoppage-time and Nigeria can now look forward to a meeting with Angola.