Group A: Cameroon Vs Mexico at 7.00PM (EAT)
Cameroon maybe without striker Samuel Eto’o when they take on Mexico in their opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena das Dunas, Natal this Friday June 13.
The striker has missed several training sessions leading to the game and coach Volker Finke will have to decide on fielding him subject to a late fitness test.
In case he doesn’t feature, Lorient striker Vincent Aboubaker will shoulder the goal scoring burden alongside youthful striker Fabrice Olinga who plies his trade with Spanish side Malaga.
On the other hand, Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has already confirmed that Manchester United striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez won’t start after going nine games without scoring for the national team thus Giovan Dos Santos will partner Oribe Peralta upfront.
The Indomitable Lions come into the game on the back of a poor record that has seen them win just once in 13 World Cup finals games. That win came against Saudi Arabia in the 2002 World Cup held in Japan and South Korea with eight losses and four draws.
Meanwhile, Mexico have never beaten any African side in the World Cup finals with their last match against an African side in 2010 ending in a 1-all draw with South Africa. Mexico and Cameroon will only be meeting for the second time in history with the first ending 1-0 in favour of Mexico in a friendly played in Los Angeles.
Brazil leads group A with 3 points after beating Croatia 3-1 in the opener.