In fact, coach Hugo Broos some say, has been given an ultimatum by the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) to beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria or lose his job. Broos himself seems to indirectly acknowledge this, and has called both games crucial and decisive and promised to prepare his team for the challenge.
“However, we know that the matches against Nigeria will be decisive. We will have to win to have another chance to go to the World Cup. We have eight months to prepare.”
Against Zambia, the Lions squandered many chances and were often caught on the back foot peddling back into their part of the field so Broos must now find a way to balance their attack without committing too many men forward.
When facing Nigeria, this balance will be of uttermost importance as the Eagles showed against Algeria. The West Africans always talented, seem under German coach Rohr to have also developed the mental part of their game, and that should be a big worry to all their group opponents.
In the last three outings under Rohr, Nigeria have remained composed while seeking to score and calm after taking the lead. The new look Eagles play unruffled and have yet to trail in any of the aforementioned games and the Lions will seek not so much as to score quickly in Nigeria, but score first.
At home, the tactics will change and their attack will start as soon as the anthems end.
It wont be easy but Broos is counting on two things. He has enough time to prepare and the Central Africans in football, have always been a thorn in their neighbours side.