Cameroon face tough opener in Confederations Cup

Cameroon face tough opener in Confederations Cup
Christian Bassogog of Cameroon (r) celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jun 17, 2017. 10:53

Cameroon will open their Group B campaign in the FIFA Confederations Cup when they face Chile at the Otkrytiye Stadium in Moscow on Sunday evening, kick-off at 20h00 CAT.

The match will mark an emotional return to the tournament for the Indomitable Lions, whose last appearance in 2003 saw them finish as runners-up (Africa’s best showing in the competition) but was overshadowed by the tragic death of midfielder Marc Vivien Foe.

Cameroon, who claimed the trophy at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year to earn their spot at the tournament in Russia, come into the match licking their wounds after a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Colombia in a friendly on Tuesday night.

However, it must be noted that coach Hugo Broos made sweeping changes to the team that defeated Morocco in a 2019 AFCON qualifier just three days prior, so don’t read too much into their result.

The same can be said for Chile, who were beaten 3-2 by Romania in a friendly on Tuesday night, but defeated Burkina Faso (3-0) and drew with Russia (1-1) in games earlier this month.

La Roja are the reigning South American champions and coach Juan Antonio Pizzi can call on some serious talent for their tournament debut, including Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Cameroon and Chile have met in just one previous match, a 1-1 draw in a group stage encounter at the 1998 World Cup in France.

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