PREVIEW: Cameroon vs Guinea
Cameroon face Guinea in 2015 African Cup of Nations Group D match day two at 19:00 GMT in the Estadio de Malabo.
Both teams haven’t met often in competitive games, as they have played against each other only once. This was during the 1998 Cup of Nations in a 2-2 draw. They have also played three friendlies, with the Indomitable Lions winning two and drawing one.
The four-time AFCON champions will be motivated by the return of their influential captain Stephane Mbia after suspension and injury. However, midfielder Eyong Enoh will not feature due to a leg problem. The National Elephants will be boosted by the return of attacking midfielder Seydouba Soumah, while captain Kamil Zayatte is trying to shake off a calf injury to play for his country.
Captain Mbia revealed his readiness for their game against Guinea after missing their opener which ended in a 1-1 draw with Mali.
“I do not feel any discomfort,” he is quoted as saying by CRTV.
“I’m ready for Saturday’s game against Guinea.”
Kevin Constant has revealed that his team fear no one as they seek a place in the last eight.
“We knew before the tournament that our group would be difficult, that Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Mali are big nations – but we don’t fear anyone,” he said, as reported by African Football.
Cameroon coach Volker Finke will be hoping for much better results when his squad clashes with trainer Michel Dussuyer’s team. The Central African side are the favourites to win the game having qualified for the competition 17 times and won it on four occasions. However, the Central Africans, who are tagged as underdogs in the match, are making their 11th appearance at the competition.
Cameroon will be hoping for an inspired performance from their key man Vincent Aboubakar, while Ibrahima Traore will try and do his magic for Guinea.