Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has acknowledged that Nigeria must prepare well physically and technically if they want to beat Cameroon in the World Cup qualifiers game.

The Super Eagles host the Indomitable Lions on September 1 at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo before going to Yaoundé for the return leg on September 4.

After two matches, Nigeria tops Group B with six points, four more than second place Cameroon who drew their two games.

The Tianjin Teda midfielder knows that the reigning African champions will pose a tough challenge for Nigeria, as the two meetings go a long way towards deciding the group’s outcome.

"As everyone knows, they are a very good team,” Mikel said on

“They are strong and they play with confidence. We must get ourselves well prepared for this game and try our best to get on top against them. It won't be easy but these are important matches.

“If we win both, we will be almost there.”

Notably, the 30-year-old scored one goal and set up for another in Nigeria’s most recent triumph, a 3-1 win over Algeria in November.

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