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Cameroon manager Song looking for defensive improvement against Nigeria

Cameroon must tighten up at the back to progress to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, admitted head coach Rigobert Song.

Minutes away from a group-stage elimination, Cameroon trailed Gambia. However, a James Gomez own goal and an injury-time strike from Christopher Wooh secured a 3-2 victory, earning them a spot in the last-16.

Facing Nigeria in Abidjan on Saturday, Song cautioned his backline to be more vigilant as they prepare to contend with Victor Osimhen, the African Footballer of the Year.

Song told reporters: “We have already conceded six goals and we will (have to) find the formula to not concede.

“We will try to put Nigeria in difficulty and fight to continue.

Song added: “I know what needs to be done and we will do everything possible to obtain a positive result.”

Upon his return, Captain Vincent Aboubakar, who had missed the entire group stage with a thigh injury, will boost Cameroon. In contrast, Nigeria secured a smoother path to the knockout stages with a draw against Equatorial Guinea and wins over tournament hosts Ivory Coast and minnows Guinea-Bissau.

Although they have only scored three goals in the campaign, boss Jose Peseiro is content with their approach.

Peseiro told reporters: “I saw some statistics that said our team until now has created more clear opportunities than the other opponents.

“Sometimes the ketchup doesn’t come, but the next time all the ketchup (comes out). In the next match or another match, we can score more goals with less opportunities.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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