Libya’s do or die clash with Cameroon beckons on Sunday.
For the winner, a place in the final round of the African World Cup qualifiers is at stake whereas defeat for either side would send them crashing out of the competition before they have the chance to embrace the illustrious finals of next year.
Cameroonian defender, Dany Nounkeu, realises the magnitude of the fixture and he is adamant that his team will be going all out for the win on September .
He told MTNFootball.com: “We will give it all, throw ourselves into this game by doing our maximum to snatch those three points. And it is a promise I am making to our fans.”
The Indomitable Lions have been able to strengthen their squad ahead of the game as their coach, Volker Finke, has recalled goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni after a yearlong absence from the International scene.
Kameni plies his trade for La Liga outfit, Malaga, and with him in goal he will provide big game experience.
Going forward, one of Chelsea’s summer signings, Samuel Eto’o, will be leading the line for Cameroon alongside Idrissou Mohammadou, who has been in frightening form for German club FC Kaiserslautern so far this term where he has notched up six goals in as many matches.
On the other hand, in the build up to the match, the Mediterranean Knights have struggled to find consistency in the past month. Despite recording a victory over Ghana, they were beaten by Jordan and could only lumber to a goalless draw with International minnows the Central African Republic.
Another draw followed against Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday night and the team’s morale will have taken another dent with this disappointing result.
Ahmed Ahmed Zuway and Mohammed Esnaani will not be included in the squad due to injury, however, the inclusion of Jamal Abdullah, Eamon Zayed, and Serbian SuperLiga team FK Jagodina’s left winger Mohammed el-Munir will contribute to a hearty performance.
Libya will be the underdogs when the two sides collide in Yaounde, Cameroon, despite already holding a victory over their rivals in the current qualifying campaign.
Nevertheless, with so much on the line, it is likely that small margins could well be the difference between the two teams.
Elsewhere in Africa -
Saturday 7th September
Central African Republic vs Ethiopia
South Africa vs Botswana
Burkina Faso vs Gabon
Nigeria vs Malawi
Angola vs Liberia
Sierra Leone vs Equatorial Guinea
Gambia vs Tanzania
Niger vs Congo
Ivory Coast vs Morocco
Tunisia vs Cape Verde Islands
Senegal vs Uganda
Sunday 8th September
Cameroon vs Libya (15:30)
Zimbabwe vs Mozambique
Kenya vs Namibia
Benin vs Rwanda
Sudan vs Lesotho
Tuesday 10th September
Egypt vs Guinea
Algeria vs Mali
To see the full group standings and fixtures, along with times and locations, please visit the official FIFA page.