“I won’t divulge my game strategy, but I assure you of an exciting match,” stated Rigobert Song, the coach of the Indomitable Lions, during a recent press conference at the Japoma stadium press hall, ahead of today’s World Cup Qualifiers. As he discussed the upcoming match against Mauritius, Song remained tight-lipped about his tactics but guaranteed an entertaining game.
Since taking the helm of the team, Song has faced numerous challenges, including criticism and calls for his resignation. However, he remains steadfast in his position, fully aware of the responsibilities that come with it. In a previous press conference a few weeks ago, Song emphasized that his goal was not merely to win friendly matches but to lead the Lions to the AFCON and World Cup, a target he claimed to have achieved.
The question now looms: will Song succeed in guiding the Lions to the 2026 World Cup?
Regarding today’s match, Song revealed that there would be 11 players on the field but declined to disclose their identities, particularly with key players like Aboubakar Vincent and Choupo Moting absent. Despite these challenges, Song expressed confidence in a good match, hinting at the possibility of a victory for the Lions in this first-leg World Cup qualifier.
Song is placing his trust in players such as Faris Pemi Moumbagna and Frank Magri, with Christopher Wooh, Oumar Gonzalez, and Jean Charles Casteletto anchoring the defense. In the absence of Vincent Aboubakar, team captain Zambo Anguissa will step into the position, acknowledging the challenge but promising to give his all.
The anticipation for the match is palpable among hundreds of Cameroonians, with tickets nearly sold out. However, frustration has arisen as lower-priced tickets, particularly the 2000frs category, are out of stock. One fan at Japoma expressed disappointment, saying, “I wanted a ticket for 2000frs, and they are finished. I wanted 5 tickets. Now, only tickets for 5000frs are left; my friends and I cannot afford that price. We do not really know what to do now.”
On the opposing side, Mauritius head coach Sakoor Boodhun exuded confidence about today’s match, acknowledging the challenges but expressing readiness. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Cameroon and Mauritius have faced each other, with past encounters in the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers and AFCON 2012 qualifiers.
As the teams gear up for today’s showdown, the big question remains: What will this encounter look like?