Cameroon can qualify even in defeat


Cameroon have never lacked confidence here in Ghana, even after their humbling 4-2 drubbing at the hands of holders Egypt down in Kumasi, and will be approaching this game expecting nothing less than the victory necessary to ensure quarterfinal qualification.

For the Indomitable Lions to progress from their pool they only need to match Zambia’s result with Egypt, so with the way things have been going so far, Cameroon could well qualify even in defeat - such has been the impact made by the Pharaohs thus far.

For Sudan to defeat the four-time winners, they’ll have to summon up the underdog spirit that served local sides Al Hilal and Al Merreikh so well in continental club competition in the Sudanese season just closed.

Coach Mohamed Abdallah drew his entire squad from those two teams after they reached the semi-final and final of the Champions League and Confederations Cup respectively, but while in Ghana the same players have yet to raise their game to such heights.

Even if they find that form in Tamale, Cameroon coach Otto Pfister should know what to expect having coached Al Merreikh throughout last season.

Pfister was appointed largely for his knowledge of the Sudanese and the host nation itself (having previously coached the Ghana Black Starlets).

Joseph Desire Job should retain his place in the Lions’ attack alongside history-maker Samuel Eto'o after both found the net against Zambia. Alex Song will also keep his place in midfield after excelling last time out.

Sudan have no new injury worries to contend with although the coach will have to make a decision on his goalkeeper having rotated so far.