Cameroon’s players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout at the end of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final football match between Senegal and Cameroon in Franceville on January 28, 2017.
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African champions, Cameroon have lined up a friendly with the Tunisian national team, Carthage Eagles, in March ahead of their World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, writes allnigeriasoccer.com.
The friendly between the two African powerhouses will take place at Mustapha Ben Jannet stadium in Monastir on March 24.
The Tunisian Football Federation announced on their official webpage: “Agreement has just been reached between the Tunisian Football Federation and the Cameroonian Federation for the organization of an international friendly match on 24 March 2017 at the Mustapha Ben Jannet stadium in Monastir.”
Before the Indomitable Lions face off against the Super Eagles in August, they will represent Africa at this summer’s Fifa Confederations Cup. Nigeria have confirmed a friendly with Senegal during the next international window.
Cameroon, host of the 2019 African Nations Cup, are not involved in the qualifiers for the continental championship hence their decision to play as many games as possible before meeting the Super Eagles.
Before their unexpected triumph at the Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup, nobody gave them any chance of troubling Nigeria’s seeming free ride to Russia 2018 World Cup. But the equation has changed with pundits saying that a draw against Nigeria in Uyo in August and a win for Indomitable Lions in Limbe will put the African champions in good stead to supplant the Eagles in the race to Russia.
Nigeria have six points from wins against Zambia and Algeria, while Cameroon are on two points after two draws with Algeria and Zambia.
Aside the game against Tunisia and the FIFA Confederations Cup, where they will meet Chile and Australia in the group stage, Cameroon are said to be looking for other tough warm up games to keep the Lions’ claws sharp ahead of the games with Nigeria.
Two other teams touted for the qualifiers are Ghana and Congo, with a rematch with Egypt likely to hold in Cairo before the first match against Nigerian in Uyo.