Indomitable Lions out to roar back

Indomitable Lions out to roar back
The starting eleven of Cameroon pose for a team picture before the FIFA World Cup 2022 group G soccer match between Switzerland and Cameroon at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, 24 November 2022. EPA/Rolex dela Pena

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 27, 2022. 11:00

Cameroon will look to roar back into Group G contention at the 2022 World Cup when they take on Serbia at the Al Janoub Stadium on the afternoon of Monday 28 November, kick-off at 12:00 CAT.

The Indomitable Lions opened their campaign in Qatar on a low note, suffering a 1-0 loss at the hands of Switzerland last Thursday in which Cameroon-born Swiss attacker Breel Embolo scored the only goal to give the European side victory.

Indomitable Lions mentor Rigobert Song remains optimistic that his side can make a marked improvement in their second clash: “We missed that final touch [to score], we were hungry for the win, but the goal did not come,” the football legend explained.

“If you look at our team, only three players of the 26 have played at a World Cup before. This is a new generation of players. There is everything still left to play for. We have not lost hope. The mistakes that were made [against Switzerland] will not be made again in the next game [against Serbia]. In football, anything is possible.”

Serbia, meanwhile, also opened their World Cup with an ‘L’, going down 2-0 against Brazil. The European side put up a strong showing for an hour, but were ultimately outclassed by one of the tournament’s outright favourites.

Eagles coach Dragan Stojkovic is nonetheless instilling a powerful mentality in the team, according to Stefan Mitrovic: “He’s unbelievable, from the first moment, he gave us a great mentality, he played as a player at the World Cup,” said the defender.

“He knows we have to put pressure from the start. Definitely, he’s a very important person in everything we’ve done till now. With his experience, he can show us how to be successful in this tournament.”

In head-to-head stats, Cameroon and Serbia have met in just one previous international match: a pre-World Cup friendly in June 2010 which the Eagles won 4-3 in Belgrade. The Indomitable Lions’ record against European opponents at the World Cup reads P15 W1 D5 L9, while Serbia (including Yugoslavia’s historical record) have come up against African opposition three times at the tournament, recording one win and two defeats.

The other Group G game on Monday takes place at Stadium 974 in Doha and sees Switzerland tackle Brazil in the early-evening kick-off.

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