. As defender quits national team
Ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Nigeria’s opponent Cameroon have suffered a huge set back as one of her dependable defenders Nicholas Nkoulou who helped the Lions to win the Africa Cup of Nations has called time on the nations team.
According to wire reports (Foot Mercato website) monitored in Lagos, Nkoulou says he is taking a break from national team duty. The 26-year-old scored in the Nations Cup final with a powerful header, helping his side to beat Egypt 2-1.
“After winning the Africa Cup of Nations, I have a sense of having accomplished my duty for country,” he told the Foot Mercato website.
“Since the beginning of my career, defending the colours of my country has always guided my steps. This mission has always constituted a motivating factor and one of my priorities.
“This decision has been difficult to take and I considered the advantages and disadvantages before arriving at a conclusion.”
Nigeria leads the qualifying group with six points after two rounds of matches, while Cameroon are on two points. Zambia and Algeria have a point each.