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We must beat Super Eagles in Uyo– Bassogog

*Referees for match arrive today

By Oluwole Francis

Christian Bassogog has said that Cameroon’s target, is to defeat Nigeria this weekend, in their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo.

The 21-year-old Christian Bassogog who plays for Chinese side, Henan Jianye, emerged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, which the Indomitable Lions won.

Bassogog will be one of their key players in the crucial double-header against the Super Eagles.

“Nigeria are a strong team. They have very good players and many of them are playing in Europe. But we must defeat them if we are to maintain our qualifying hopes. We would take the game to them. We need to fight to defeat them,” Bassagog told FIFA.com

On their progress under Belgian coach Hugo Broos, he added: “Our players are young, but we are strong as a team. He is a good coach. He knows what the players are good at so he can get the best out of us. In this team, everyone has his chance.”

Meanwhile, officiating officials who will take charge of the 2018 World Cup qualifying tie between Nigeria and Cameroon will be in the country on Tuesday (today).

They are expected to arrive in Abuja on Tuesday, 29th August, from where they will connect a flight to Uyo.

The officials include: centre referee Zaghoul Ibrahim Selim Gheal from Egypt, his assistants Achik Refouane from Morocco, Ahmed Ali Waleed from Sudan and Zakaria Mohammed Mahmoud of Egypt.

Match Commissioner is Kossa Jean Medard from Congo, while the Referee Assessor is Mudzamin Brighton from Zimbabwe.

The game is scheduled for 1st September. It will be holding in the Nest of Champions stadium in south south Nigeria.

The match is either a consolidation for both the Nigerians and the Cameroonians depending on the outcome of the two-legged result.

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