After more than eight months of confinement, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon faced the Samurai of Japan this Friday afternoon at the Stadion Galgenwaard in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It was in the context of a friendly international match. If the CoronaVirus pandemic has upset the plans of the two coaches, it has deprived Japan of players who play in their national championship. Cameroon also had to adjust since only the Indomitable Lions from a few countries in the Europe zone made the trip.
If you Covid-19 has shaken up the habits for eight months, it was the first meeting of the Indomitable Lions in eleven months, and it offered a great opportunity for coach Toni Conceicao to assess his options against an experienced opposition.
He had to deal with a number of absences, with Racing Club de Lens forwards Ignatius Ganago and Young Boys Bern forwards Jean-Pierre Nsame both having to leave the team late due to a thigh problem and an alleged sprained ankle, respectively.
Likewise, the Portuguese coach was deprived of Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar after including them in the list of 32 players, while Andre Onana, Kunde Malong and Jerome Onguene were unable to participate in the match due to restrictions related to Covid-19.
Mouscron's Belgian winger Serge Tabekou made his debut on the Lions right side, with Moumi Ngamaleu tasked with supporting Olympique Lyonnais central striker Karl Toko Ekambi.
Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, the new Bayern Munich player, was also absent, but Franck Evina, the former defending European champion, made his debut for the Lions.
Samuel Oum took his place in a three-way midfielder alongside André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Brice Yan Eteki, while the defense line was more familiar, including the winners of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. , Collins Fai, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Ambroise Oyongo.
Harold Moukoudi completed the back quartet, and the credit goes to goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, who was an impenetrable presence between the sticks.
Moukoudi made his return to the Lions, after playing in 2019 against Tunisia.
Cameroon, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, were drawn in the same group as Côte d'Ivoire, Mozambique and Malawi in Group D of the African Confederation World Cup qualifiers. 2022.
As hosts of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations - now postponed to January and February 2022 - Cameroon do not need to qualify for the event, but they will participate in the qualifying campaign in Group F alongside Mozambique, Cape Verde and Rwanda.
The Lions have not conceded a goal in their two games so far: a 0-0 draw at home against Cape Verde and a 1-0 win over Rwanda in Kigali, both in November 2019.
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