It is now no news as Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire battle for a ticket in the final phase of the ongoing FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Qatar 2022 after recording maximum points in five matches.
Both nations recorded wins over Malawi and Mozambique in match day 5: Cameroon had an easy 4-0 win over 10 men Malawi, with goals from Vincent Aboubakar, Andre Zambo and a brace from Christian Bassogog.
The Ivory coast on the other hand had a 2-0 win over the mambas of Mozambique, with goals from Max-Alain Gradel and Maxwell Cornet.
With Malawi and Mozambique out of the picture, the world cup destiny of both teams will be decided at the newly constructed Japoma Sports Complex on Tuesday November 16.
Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire will be in search for a world cup ticket in Qatar next year, having missed out on the Russian expedition in 2018.
For Cameroon, they will be looking for a record 8th world cup participation, more than any other African country, while the elephants of Cote d’Ivoire will be in search for their fourth world cup participation.
Cote d’Ivoire 13 points in five matches, Cameroon 12 points in five matches.
The preasure is more on the indomitable Lions, as they will be playing in front of their fans. The troops of Antonio Conceicao need nothing shot of a victory, if they are to qualify for the final phase of the competition.
For the Ivory coast, they will need only draw to seal through to the final phase.
Head to Head stats.
This fixture is not new to African Football, as this will be their 11th meeting in the last 21 years. Cameroon have dominated the last 10 meetings with 5 wins, 1 draw and 4 defeats.
But the Ivorians have dominated the fixture in the last 4 meetings, won 2 including the 2-1 victory in September, draw 1 and lost one.
Players to Watch
The Young Boys of Switzerland forward has been the steam engine behind Conceicao indomitable Lions adventure with the den. The 27 year-old has scored ones in the qualifiers and has five assist to his name.
One of the country’s greats, Vincent Aboubakar will be a key player to watch against Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday. He might have scored just two goals in the qualifiers, but he still remains that player who can cause damage to the Ivorians. The lights of Karl Toko, Zambo Anguissa, Christian Bassogog and Andre Onana will be key in that game.
The lights of Sebastian Haller of Ajax of Amsterdam will be a key player to watch for the Ivorians. He single handedly destroyed the lions in September with a brace.
Though they will miss Wilfred Zaha, the lights of Nicolas Pepe, Serge Auriel, Max-Alain and Maxwell Cornet will be key players to watch.
The stage is set, will the elephants tame the lions again, or will the lions destroy the elephants, Japoma will be the final Judge on Tuesday.