Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 19:00
Cameroon and Algeria will battle for nothing but pride when they cross swords at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 17h00pm local time, (18h00pm CAT).
Both the Indomitable Lions and the Fennec Foxes have seen their World Cup hopes go up in flames, with neither yet to register a win after four rounds of fixture in Group B.
The reigning African champions, Cameroon, currently occupy third place with three points from their allotted matches. A 4-0 defeat away to Nigeria ending their hopes of reaching next year’s showpiece in Russia despite a 1-1 draw against the same opponents last time out.
Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos, though, has underlined the importance of the clash despite his team’s dreams of playing at next year’s showpiece having ended on a whimper.
“We need to win the game even though this will not change much in the group, we promised not to be at the last position at the end,” Broos said.
“There are also the FIFA rankings if we go on losing our position would be worse. We are going to win for the pride and honour.”
Cameroon will be without Stoke City forward Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and French-based Karl Toko Ekambi for the clash, but welcome back Marseille attacker Clinton Njie.
Algeria, on the other hand, have axed Leicester City duo, Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani following back-to-back defeats to Zambia. The Fennec Foxes have accumulated but a single point from four matches.
The reverse fixture in Blida 12 months ago ended in a 1-1 stalemate.