Cameroon going to the last group D match at the Africa Cup of Nations knowing that they need to win against Ivory Coast in order to secure a place in the knockout stages.
Amazingly, every match in this group has finished as a 1-1 draw. Hence, there could be a possibility of selecting the winner through lots. All the group contenders – Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Mali – have identical statistics after two matches in the tournament.
Abou Diaby continues to struggle for fitness after Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is being left out of the matchday squad against Sunderland due to a calf strain.
Arsenal will be making the trip to the Stadium of Light looking to get their first Premier League win in three matches.
The Cameroonian national football team is enjoying going through a positive run in their group stages of the African Cup of Nations as the squad is currently located at the top of Group D and even with the announcement of the retirement of Samuel Eto’o, the team has managed to deal appropriately with the departure of one of their most popular and worldwide known players of modern times.
Chile was eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in a penalty shoot-out in an intense match against Brazil. The winners of this match would make it past the last 16 teams of the World Cup and enter the next stages of the tournament and even though Chile came out as the losing side, the national team which is being guided by Jorge Sampaoli still managed to impress during their entire campaign.
The manager of Cameroon national football team, Volker Finke, has made it clear that the skipper and star player of his team, Samuel Eto’o, will not be included in the starting line up in tomorrow’s game against Brazil because of his knee injury.
According to Finke, Eto’o took part in the training session earlier today, but, he is not fit enough to play for full 90 minutes and thus, Cameroon would start without him against the hosts.
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o has criticised his former club boss Pep Guardiola for being disrespectful when the pair were working together at Barcelona during the 2008-09 season. The striker is regarded as one of the best in the world. He proved this during his final season at Barcelona, as he not only scored 30 goals over the course of the league campaign, but also fired in the winner in the Champions League final as well. It completed an astonishing season for the club, which also was the debut for Guardiola as a manager.
Cameroon coach Volker Finke says that he is delighted with the form shown by Samuel Eto'o, who continues to remain as the main striker for the national team.
The 32-year-old joined Chelsea in the summer on a free transfer from Anzhi Makhachkala. In the last few years, the form of the former Barcelona man has dropped due to playing in a non-competitive league like the Russian league.
Barcelona's Cameroon international Alex Song says that his current club Barcelona are very much similar to Arsenal in the way they play their football.
Song was brought to the club for around £ 15 million. Even though he is a defensive midfielder, Barcelona have largely been using him as a centre back due to the style of football at the club. They prefer using defenders who are able to bring the ball out and Song perfectly fits into this style being a defensive midfielder.
Cameroon is regarded as one of the strongest teams in Africa, while they are also definitely the most successful as well. They recently managed to qualify for the World Cup after a 4-1 win against Tunisia.
There have been several reports that Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o had decided to quit the Cameroon national team yet again after falling out with manager Volker Finke. However, Finke has said that he expects the 32-year-old to continue playing for the African giants.
Cameroon are in the play-off to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2014. Eto'o is regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, and he will be a major threat towards any opposition that Cameroon might face in the play-offs. Cameroon recently managed to qualify for the play-offs following a 1-0 win over Libya.