Cameroon and Mauritius will meet for the fifth time in their history on 17 November 2023 in Douala at the Japoma stadium.
This time, Cameroon host Mauritius in the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup. Placed in Group D with Cape Verde, Angola, Libya, Eswatini and Mauritius, the Indomitable Lions are launching their campaign to book their ticket for the 2026 World Cup, which will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Speaking to the press at a pre-match conference, Indomitable Lions coach Rigobert Song emphasised what was at stake.
“These matches are part of our project. There’s no time left. In January we’ll be in the African Cup. We take these matches seriously and they will allow us to correct what has gone wrong in the past.
As for the perception of this Mauritian team, the coach remains cautious: “There are no small teams any more. We mustn’t think it will be easy. They’re a team with qualities and they’re coming with a new mindset. We’re preparing in the right conditions and we’ll do what we have to do, because it’s still Cameroon, and the Cameroonians are expecting a win.
Rigobert Song was joined at the pre-match conference by André Franck Zambo Anguissa, who is billed as one of the national team’s leaders and will be captain for tomorrow’s match. On the subject, the Napoli midfielder was reserved about the honour, declaring: “I’m one of the leaders of this team. I’m very proud to wear the captain’s armband for the Cameroon national team.
Captain Zambo Anguissa was also asked about his performances, which were judged to be mixed in terms of his commitment to the game at Napoli and to the national team. He replied that “the performances cannot be the same on a tactical level. Because the automatisms are not the same. Today I can play with one player and tomorrow another, so it’s not easy. He goes on to say: “Zambo gives 100% of himself. There will be days when I’ll be good or not so good. If Zambo was rubbish and Cameroon won, I’m happy. If Zambo played well and Cameroon lost, I’m not happy.
Only five countries were present at the 2022 finals in Qatar, where Morocco made history by becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals. However, nine African teams are guaranteed to take part in the next edition in Canada, Mexico and the United States, a tournament that will feature 48 teams, compared with 32 previously.
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