AFCON 2019: Super Eagles' Round-Of-16 Opponents Emerge
Nigeria won the AFCON in 2013(image courtesy Caf)

The Super Eagles need luck when they face Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 on Saturday, according to defender Ola Aina.

Concise News reports that Nigeria and Cameroon last met at the competition in 2004 with the West Africans winning 2-1.

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Speaking ahead of the round of 16 clash with their rivals, Aina, a former Chelsea man, assured that the boys want to bring smiles to the faces of Nigerians.

The Torino man, however, noted that Gernot Rohr’s boys need a dint of luck to emerge victoriously against the Indomitable Lions in Egypt.

“The team is ready, we are focussed, we are always ready and we will try our best and we just hope that on the day, luck is on our side,” he told Brila FM.

Meanwhile, coach Gernot Rohr has said his team have a mental advantage over Cameroon as they do battle on Saturday in a round of 16 fixture at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Rohr has said since the defending champions played on Tuesday and his men on Sunday, the West Africans have had more time to rest and hence have a physical edge over Clarence Seedorf’s men.

”We have this little advantage that they played on Tuesday and we played on Sunday, so let us try to have an advantage physically and also mentally because everybody wants to do very well now,” Rohr told the Super Eagles Media team on Thursday.

”There is something similar, we lost 2-0 at home to South Africa and then there was a Cameroon game. Now we lost against Madagascar 2-0 and it’s again Cameroon, so it can be a good omen, I hope so.

”Everybody wants to do well especially after this disappointment against Madagascar, we changed the team, we wanted to play with some other players to keep them in the rhythm of the competition.

”Now the best team has to start and to do the best to make Nigerians proud.”