Classy Cameroon set to book World Cup place in televised clash
Cameroon took a huge step towards 2014 World Cup qualification with a battling draw away to Tunisia.
Former Liverpool netminder Charles Itandje made a string of fine saves against the north African side and the steadfast Indomitable Lions rearguard can help ensure qualification for Brazil in the return leg.
The match at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde will be shown live on BT Sports at 2.30pm GMT.
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Goalkeeper Itandje was shipped out on loan by the Reds in disgrace after laughing and joking his way through a Hillsborough memorial service.
The 31-year-old French-born stopper currently plies his trade for Turkish team Konyaspor and has made just three appearances for Cameroon since getting the green light from FIFA to turn out for the country of his ancestors.
However, Itandje’s man-of-the-match performance in the goalless draw against Ruud Kroll’s side suggests he could become a fixture in Volker Finke’s lineup.
Cameroon welcome back Spurs left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto – who is currently on loan at QPR – for this clash and the experienced Premier League campaigner can only improve their already robust backline.
Finke’s outfit actually spurned more clear-cut chances to kill off the tie than their hosts in Tunisia and have attacking players, such as Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o and Barcelona’s Alex Song, capable of fashioning a goal against better teams than Kroll’s.
Pierre Webo – formerly of La Liga side Mallorca and now turning out for Turkish club Fenerbahce – missed a glorious opportunity to put the visitors in front in the first leg, but the Bafoussam native has scored 16 times in 51 appearances for his country and should get the chance to make amends at home.
Cameroon have now gone three matches without conceding since losing 2-0 in Togo during the summer – a result that was later reversed after the hosts admitted to fielding an ineligible player.
Tunisia missed an opportunity in Rades and Cameroon can make them pay by winning with something to spare on their own patch.
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Tunisia gained a World Cup reprieve after initially finishing second in Africa’s Group B to the Cape Verde Islands, who were later kicked out for fielding an ineligible player.
The Eagles of Carthage lost their last home match 2-0 against the Creoles and also conceded twice in their away draw with Sierra Leone during the summer.
A 3-0 loss against Ivory Coast put paid to their African Cup of Nations challenge at the start of this year and Tunisia’s leaky defence has not managed a clean sheet in their last five away games.
Experienced centre-half Alaeddine Yahia will be a massive loss against Cameroon, who have a mob-hand of attackers including Eto’o, Webo and Vincent Aboubakar, scorer of 5 goals in 13 Ligue 1 games this season for French side Lorient.