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Cameroon Start Against Ivory Coast With Team that Beat Congo

When Cameroon take on Cote d’Ivoire in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2015 qualifier this Wednesday afternoon in Yaounde, they will be fielding the same eleven players that started in the country’s 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last Saturday.

This will see Fabrice Ondoa in goal, Nicolas Nkoulou and captain Stephane Mbia in central defence while the full-backs will be Oyongo Bitolo (on the left) and Jerome Guihota on the right.

Former vice-captain Enog Eyong will partner Georges Mandjeck in central midfield. Benjamin Moukandjo and Clinton Njie who scored the curtain-raiser in Lumumbashi will play on the flanks (often switching) while Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting will be an advanced midfielder cum play-maker and support behind the lone strker Vincent Abubakar.

Cote d’Ivoire to start with a very experienced squad including Yaya Toure of Manchester City and Gervais Yao (Gervinho).

Côte d’Ivoire : Barry – Bamba – Aurier – Kone Lamine – Boka Junior – Toure – Tiote – Akpa Akpro – Gradel – Gervais Yao – Wilfried Bony.

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Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions have drawn the Elephants of Ivory Coast and the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo in a tough looking Group D of qualifiers to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2015.

ImageCameroonians have bittersweet memories of the last time they were with Ivory Coast in the same qualifying group for a tournament (qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup in Germany). The Indomitable Lions beat the Elephants at home in Yaounde (2-0) and away in Abidjan (2-3) but still failed to qualify for the World Cup after they drew 1-1 with the Pharaohs of Egypt in Yaounde on 8 October 2005 in the final group game.

Both teams met in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006. The game finished 1-1 after 120 minutes of regular and extra-time. It then went on to one of the longest penalty shoot-outs in the history of the competition, with eleven players from each side scoring their kick. When the shoot-out restarted, Ivory Coast’s talisman, Didier Drogba scored while Cameroon’s star, Samuel Eto’o, missed.

The Ivorians have since become one of Africa’s best teams (although they have unfortunately won no trophy) while Cameroon’s fortunes have gone downhill, except for their surprising run to the final of the Africa Cup in 2008 which the lost 0-1 to Egypt.

Four times winners of the Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon failed to qualify to the continental event in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in 2012 and in South Africa in 2013. To avoid missing out on the competition for the third time in a row, the Lions would certainly want to obtain good results against the Elephants but also defeat the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo were in Cameroon’s qualifying group for this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Lions defeated the Congolese 1-0 in Yaounde and drew 0-0 in Congo but struggled in both instances. The final member of Group D will come from Swaziland/Sierra Leone/Gambia/Seychelles which are still to play preliminary qualifying rounds.

Cameroon starts the qualification campaign in September. CAF is expected to know the 15 teams to join hosts Morocco by mid-November 2014. There are seven (7) qualifying groups. The first and the second-placed teams in all seven groups, and the best overall third-placed team will qualify for the AFCON 2015 in Morocco.

Here are the Groups:

Group A: Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, and one from: Namibia/Congo/Libya/Rwanda

Group B: Mali, Algeria, Ethiopia, and one from: Sao Tome, Benin, Malawi and Chad

Group C: Burkina Faso, Angola, Gabon, and one from: Liberia/Lesotho/Kenya/Comoros

Group D: Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and one from: Swaziland/Sierra Leone/the Gambia/Seychelles

Group E: Ghana, Togo, Guinea (Conakry), and one from: Madagascar/Uganda/Mauritania/Equatorial Guinea

Group F: Zambia, Cape Verde, Niger, and one from: Tanzania/Zimbabwe/Mozambique/South Sudan

Group G: Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, and one from: Burundi/Botswana/CAR/Guinea Bissau