Algeria, Cameroon face off in Blida
Algeria welcome Cameroon in their opening 2018 Fifa World Cup, Group B qualifier tonight at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida.
Coach Milovan Rajevac is aware that the Algerians will not find satisfaction should they fail to reach Russia for the world’s biggest football tournament.
The task at hand is huge and he will have to ensure his charges are ready and charged for the Indomitable Lions.
Although at home they are favourites, a match of this nature is very hard to predict and the home advantage is not something one can count on.
In their previous two matches, the Desert Warriors managed to bag two convincing wins in their 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
They handed Lesotho a heavy 6-0 defeat as well as beating Seychelles to ensure they are through to the continental tournament in Gabon next year.
Following their successful Afcon campaign, the hosts will want to see continuity in as far as results are concerned.
Rajevac will pin his hopes on Leicester City’s Riyaad Mahrez and FC Porto’s Yacine Brahimi to open up the stubborn and physical Cameroon defence.
Taking a look at the visiting Central Africans, coach Hugo Broos will have to motivate his charges to go all out and ensure they stun their hosts.
Cameroon have also booked their spot in the Afcon tournament set to be staged in Gabon next year and will now head to Blida in high spirits.
Despite receiving sad news ahead of this match with their legend Rigobert Song suffering a stroke, they will have to be mentally strong to win this one.
Broos led his side to three consecutive wins in two Afcon Qualifiers over Gambia and Mauritania while also bagging a win over Gabon in a friendly.
In their three previous Afcon meetings, Cameroon have beaten their counterparts on two occasions while the other one finished in a draw.
Clinton Njie and Benjamin Moukandjo are the two prominent figures in the Indomitable Lions side who will give Algeria a good run for their money.
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