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Cameroon vs. Tunisia Preview: Cameroon’s Best Players Return, Tunisia Endures Injury

Cameroon vs. Tunisia Preview: Cameroon’s Best Players Return, Tunisia Endures Injury

Cameroon’s crème of the crop is back on the pitch. Finke cannot help but expressed his delight as his best players, who missed the first leg of the qualifiers responded positively in helping the country secure its World Cup berth. On the other hand, Ruud Krol made a sudden change to his World Cup lineup. With an injured player on the side, Krol is determined to overcome the odds and book a ticket to Brazil.

 

Match Date: 17 November 2013 (local time)                                                                 

Venue: Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo

 

Team Form

Cameroon

Stephane Mbia, Landry Nguemeo and Henri Bedimo are just some of the players who will be back in the Cameroon squad to face Tunisia.

 

Cameroon’s head honcho, Volker Finke expressed his delight upon securing the support of Cameroonian players to participate in the last leg of the play-offs against Tunisia. Certain members such as Mbia, for example was unable to help the squad during the first encounter due to a foot injury. Vincent Aboubakar, who has been one of the central figures in Lorient, was also summoned and agreed to participate.

 

The second leg is of high importance for both squads as this will determine their World Cup berth. It is one of those typical, yet exciting make or break match for the two. Even the well-regarded Samuel Eto’o of Chelsea postponed his retirement in order to help carry the squad to Brazil.

 

Definitely, Finke saved the best for last. Knowing that they had the advantage, Finke’s move was nothing short of an experienced pitch genius. The only question for now is whether the return of these players can convert goals for Cameroon.

 

Tunisia

 

In the 2nd leg of the play-offs, Tunisia’s top brass, Ruud Krol strengthened their attacking force via adding Mohamed Ben Mansour and Bassem Boulaabi. Along with these defenders are the entry of Edem Rjaibi, who is expected to score more goals for the squad. The changes were made in response to the scoreless stalemate that took place during the first leg of the play-offs. The tactical change was just in time as Alaeddine Yahia is doubtful if he can participate in the face-off due to an incurred knee injury.

 

Mansour, Boulaabi and Rjaibi’s inclusion is expected to strengthen the squad’s “attacking force.” The upcoming match is a make or break moment for both squad since none of them got the upper-hand during the first encounter. Aware of Cameroon’s home court advantage, Krol’s move is timely since the squad is in dire need of reinforcements to counter their opponent’s momentum.

 

It took Tunisia 2 decades to participate in World Cup after making its first stint in 1978. From 1998  to 2006, they have become a familiar face in the group stage of the said tournament. Unfortunately, they failed to make in the 2010 qualifiers. Four (4) years after, they are back on the same track as they were before. This time around, the squad hopes to redeem itself from their disappointing performance several years ago.

 

 

World Cup betting tip: Cameroon 3-2 Tunisia

 

 

 

Image Source: Fox Sports

 

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