FIFA Qatar World Cup: Cameroon To Rub shoulders with Jamaica in last friendly encounter

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Cameroon’s coach Rigobert Song

The indomitable Lions of Cameroon will face the Reggae Boyz of Jamaica in their last friendly game on November 9 in Yaounde ahead of their FIFA Qatar World Cup expedition, according to coach Rigobert Song.

Rigobert Song, former Lions captain and now coach of the national side was speaking on Monday, September 26 following a press conference convened in Seoul, South Korea. Cameroon is presently in the Asian country and will play the South Korea national team on Tuesday (noon Cameroon time) for their second friendly game. In the first friendly, the Indomitable Lions fell 2-0 against Uzbekistan.

Jamaica is the 62nd-ranked football nation in the World according to the most recent FIFA rankings. They did not qualify for the 2022 World Cup and have participated in the tournament just once (1998). They were eliminated at the group stages in France, Katche Rene, a journalist with the state broadcaster CRTV said in a Facebook post

The most notable player in the Jamaican national football team is West ham United’s Michael Gregory Antonio. He is 32 years old and is currently the highest goal scorer in the history of West ham United. He created the record in August 2021. He has scored 64 goals in his 238 appearances for the club. Antonio has 3 goals in 6 appearances for his country Jamaica.

Other interesting names in the Jamaican national team include; Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey, Fulham’s Decordova Reid and Ethan Pinnock of Brentford. He is a teammate to Indomitable Lions’ Bryan Mbeumo.

This battle with Jamaica will be the last litmus test for Cameroon who looks to escape the group stages of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in more than three editions. Cameroon is in group G alongside Serbia, Switzerland and favourites Brazil.

Cameroon will face South Korea this Tuesday

“It’s great to come up against players who have a reputation. It’s always a motivation,” 45-year-old Rigobert Song told FIFA after the Final Draw.

“The most interesting thing wasn’t the fact that we won but the spirit I’ve instilled in my players, who pushed themselves to the limit and got the result at the very end,” said Song about the late goal that gave them a thrilling play-off win over Algeria, one that came four minutes into stoppage-time in extra-time. “That’s what’s important. And that’s what we have to work on even more because you only win competitions by playing with lots of energy, drive and determination. “I think the only way is up for us and we’re going to try to go even further because that’s what Cameroonian football is all about. Cameroonian players stand out for their drive and determination. I think we can make it happen and make a difference.”

 

 

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