- The Indomitable Lions will face Russia and Senegal in two separate friendlies later this month
- The Russia game will be the first against Cameroon since 2011
- Coach Rigobert Song will include new players in Cameroon’s squad for next month’s international friendlies
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will face suspended Russia in an international friendly encounter next week in Moscow despite the hosts currently serving a suspension from the World governing body, FIFA.
Though Russia is currently suspended from all FIFA and UEFA activities due to their war with Ukraine, reports have it that the government of Cameroon played an active role to ensure that the game happens due to the deplomatic relationship between both nations.
We understand the friendly was first proposed to FECAFOOT in June this year, but they opted to to play against Mexico in the USA then, before finally settling for the Russia game now.
The communication department of the Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT) confirmed the fixture and the other details via a release this Monday, October 2.
The October 12 clash at the Dynamo Lev Yashin stadium will be the third between both nations, and the first since the goalless draw in their last meeting in another friendly in June 2011.
The game will provide an opportunity for Russia to give their national team players game time, though they are currently under FIFA suspension.
Cameroon on their part will use the game as preparations for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), having secured qualification for the tournament following their 3-0 against Burundi last month.
The game in Moscow will be Cameroon’s first of two within that period. The team will face reigning African champions, Senegal four days later in Lens.
Coach Rigobert Song will use both high-profile matches to give game time to some of the players he is expected to use to beef-up the current Cameroon squad he is assembling for the AFCON in Côte D’Ivoire in January and February next year.
Cameroon Vs Russia head-to-head
Next month’s meeting between Russia and Cameroon in Moscow will be the first between both nations in 12 years.
Both nations first traded know-how during the group stage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Back then in Italy, Russia put Cameroon through the sword with a 6-1 drubbing that served as a wake up call to the Roger Milla-inspired indomitable Lions team that shocked bookmakers to become the first African Nation to reach the quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup.
Coach Song will be hoping to inspire his country to a first win against the 2018 FIFA World Cup host during this window and also guide his team to achieve a positive result against Senegal.
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