On September 8, Cameroon and Libya will reunite in the pitch for a second encounter for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifications. Their last match, held more than a year ago, saw Libya winning in their own home 2-1. For this upcoming tourney, Cameroon will take its turn to grace home advantage. The event will take place at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital city.
Cameroon are the current leaders in the CAF Group I cluster, flaunting a total score of 10 points. Libya trail close behind, with just one point short of the top placers. So far, both sides have been enjoying magnificent encounters in the CAF qualifying rounds, aiming to obtain a sure spot in next year’s Brazil tournament.
Libya have never been defeated since the qualifying matches took their onset, participating in five tourneys thus far. The Mediterranean Knights have drawn three times and won twice, which include their previous battle with their forthcoming opponents, Cameroon.
Cameroon may have been defeated once (by Libya, as mentioned above), but they will not be sitting atop the table for no great reason. The Indomitable Lions won three out of their five most recent qualification tourneys, with the remainder being a draw.
The teams’ last duel produced three brilliant strikers. Libya’s two goals came from Ahmed Zuway (sixth minute) and Hamd Ahniash (on extra time); while Cameroon’s score was delivered by Eric Choupo Moting (15th minute). Over a thousand supporters clad the Stade Taïeb Mhiri to watch the tournament, with Mensur Maeruf refereeing the event.
In this upcoming tournament, it would not be a surprise if both sides give their best bullets to rout each other. The highly anticipated match will showcase the best drills from both squads, and score tallying will come off a bit aggressive. Nevertheless, one of them will succeed in their bid for a FIFA placement. Cameroon, despite the weighty threat from Libya, will end up winning the neck-and-neck match.
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