Nigeria’s Super Green Eagles took pole position of Group B when they brushed aside the current African champions, Cameroon by four goals to nil.
Mikel Obi, Ondion Igalo, Victor Moses and Iheanacho were the goal scorers for the Nigerians on the day.
Cameroon came in with all the hopes of trying to increase their two points in the group though the records favoured the Nigerians with 10 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses.
Matches between Cameroon and Nigeria have always been very tough irrespective of the form of each side.
Before the kick off, Nigeria have a full haul of six points after beating both Zambia and Algeria, while Cameroon trail by four points after drawing both of their games 1-1 against the same opponents. So a win for the Super Eagles will see them take full control of the group and put them within touching distance of the Russia 2018 finals.
The first goal was scored by Igalo after 29 minutes of play when he out muscled Cameroon’s Ngadeu-Ngadjui.
The second goal also came in on the 43rd minute when Mikel Obi was at the right time to connect a cross from Victor Moses on the right.
The introduction of Eric Choupo-Moting for Ngamaleu in the second half did not bring any good changes for the play of Cameroon as the Nigerians were too hot to handle.
Champagne football from Nigeria! A corner kick for Cameroon ends with Nigeria breaking away, Moses tees up Simon, he plays the pass back to the winger, who fired home a low shot to make it 3-0! Magnificent from the Super Eagles.
Tried as the Indomitable Lions did, Nigeria’s goal keeper Ezenwa had the needed confidence to save sticky situations for the Super Eagles.
The combination of Moses and Onazi were so sublime and that found Iheanacho who was unmarked and so headed into the empty net to make it 4- 0 for the Nigerians.
Cameroon coach, Hugo Bruce has promised to ensure they get their pride and reputation back in the second leg as the two African giants clash in Yaounde in three days time.
Nigeria: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Elderson Echiejile, John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo
Cameroon: Fabrice Ondoa, Collins Fai, Adolphe Teikeu, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Serge Leuko, Sebastian Siani, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Christian Bassogog, Moumi Ngamaleu, Benjamin Moukandjo, Vincent Aboubakar