The Cameroonians (Group B) and Ghana (Group E) have the chance to re-start this Friday on Matchday 3, with a disappointing start to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
After an encouraging draw (1-1 in Algeria) followed by a frustrating parity score (1-1 against Zambia), Cameroon plays this Friday against Nigeria in Uyo at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, on the occasion of the 3rd day of the qualifiers of the 2018 World Cup. The Indomitable Lions are four points behind the Super Eagles, the leaders of the group and have the only place to qualify for Russia. They must at least bring back the draw to keep their chances of qualifying before the round return to Yaoundé on Monday.
Broos wants 4 points
“I said we need at least four points, I did not say we’re going to play for four points, because I still prefer to have the situation in hand, so if you win two times , you are first in the group and there we have the situation in hand, “said Cameroon coach Hugo Broos in front of the press. Compared to their last outing in these qualifiers 10 months ago, the Belgian and his band have changed radically, becoming African champions surprise in February.
“We know that Cameroon is a team that plays fine football, they are African champions, and we know that the Confederations Cup was not easy for them, but we know that collectively it is a very big team “Said the Nigerian coach, Gernot Rohr. “We also have a good team with a mix of experienced players and young players. We also believe we can beat them,” added the Franco-German technician.
Congo to the worst
To do so, the 2013 African champions, who are the perfect starters, will have to prove that the 2-0 conceded at home against South Africa in June in qualifying at the 2019 CAN was a mere accident. On the Cameroon side, morale is also not at best after a disappointing Confederations Cup marked by an elimination in the first round without the slightest victory. “In this tournament, I was not too demanding with the players, I was too tolerant in some situations, and this is proof that this group needs a tough coach. “The players will once again find a coach as they did at the CAN in January 2017,” promised Broos.
In Group E, Ghana also had a blow to play after the defeat of Egypt in Uganda on Thursday (0-1). A success at home against Congo and the Black Stars would revive by returning to two points of the Pharaohs and three of the Cranes. Especially that in front, the Congo is almost already eliminated with zero point on the counter. To make matters worse, the Red Devils were stuck 6 hours at Accra airport on Thursday, only rallying their hotel at 11 pm. Suffice to say that the men of Kwesi Appiah will have no excuse in case of underperformance …
– The program of the 3rd day of the eliminations (times in universal time)
Thursday, August 31
(Gr.E) Uganda 1-0 Egypt (Kampala)
(Gr.A) Guinea 3-2 Libya (Conakry)
Friday 1st September
(Gr.E) Ghana – Congo (Kumasi, 15.30)
(Gr.B) Nigeria – Cameroon (Uyo, 4 pm)
(Gr.D) Cape Verde – South Africa (Praia, 4 pm)
(Gr. C) Morocco – Mali (Rabat, 8 pm)
(Gr.A) Tunisia – DR Congo (Rades, 20:00)
Saturday 2nd September
(Gr. B) Zambia – Algeria (Lusaka, 1 pm)
(Gr. C) Gabon – Ivory Coast (Libreville, 4 pm)
(Gr.D) Senegal – Burkina Faso (Dakar, 20:00)