Akpeyi out, Ezenwa to start in goal for Nigeria vs Cameroon

Anthony Nwakaeme celebrates another goal in Israel

Anthony Nwakaeme celebrates another goal in Israel

After playing his part in Hull City's win against Bolton, the on-loan right-back flew out to join up with the Super Eagles ahead of a back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon.

"Four points separate us and Cameroon", he stated.

The German gaffer claimed that Friday's match at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, is a winner-takes-all, as the double header with the Lions will likely decide the victor of the group.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are aiming to achieve a 12th triumph over the Lions on Friday.

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The development means that Ezenwa will finally get his big break with the Super Eagles as after a long wait for the opportunity.

We will play a very good game even in depression.

Zambia stand-in skipper Kennedy Mweene has restated his team's resolve to get the results against Algeria so as to get their World Cup campaign back on course.

Pinnick, in a statement released by Demola Olajire, Head of Communication, NFF, on Thursday, urged the team to commit heart, soul and spirit to the match. They want to come and win, we also want to win. The reverse leg in Yaounde, will be played on Monday at the Stade Ahmadu Ahidjo.

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In 19 previous encounters, Nigeria won 11 times, with Cameroun winning four times and four matches drawn.

While Camerounians treasure the wins in Abidjan (1984), Casablanca (1988) and Lagos (2000) that gave them three of their five African titles, Nigerians have sweet memories of a 2-0 defeat of the Lions in Ibadan (in 1989) and a gutsy 2-1 win over Cup holders, Cameroun in the quarterfinals of 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in the sunshine of Monastir.

Mikel who missed the teams last three games due to a muscle injury is expected to play behind the striker in a three man midfield alongside Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo.

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