Song hopes to beat impressive Brazil

Nouhou Tolo of Cameroon in action during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group G soccer match between Switzerland and Cameroon at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, 24 November 2022. EPA/Abir Sultan

After his team’s strong performance in the previous game, Cameroon coach Rigobert Song is optimistic about their chances. Cameroon hopes to advance to the Round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar after a 3-3 draw with Serbia on Tuesday at the Al Janoub Stadium.

Vincent Aboubakar, who came on as a substitute in the second half, saved Song’s team. Cameroon must win clearly and by scoring goals in order to avoid things that could derail them because they are third in Group G, that is led by Brazil, which has qualified for the Round of 16 after winning two games.

Brazil defeated Serbia 2-0 and Switzerland 1-0. Switzerland, which is currently second in the standings, defeated Cameroon in the first game before falling to Brazil in the second.

Cameroon needs to play better because they only have one point after two games. Brazil appears unbeatable because it is one of the most impressive teams, but Song is confident in his team after defeating Serbia, which was leading 3-1 in the previous game.

“We can now proceed to the next stage. We did not come to Qatar to increase the number of countries with which to play. Cameroon is still in the World Cup,” Song stated.

Song’s confidence is understandable given Cameroon’s strong showing. Worse, his team’s performance was tainted by the keeper’s antics. Song replaced Andre Onana in the starting line-up following a verbal altercation with him.

“Onana is an important player, but the team must take precedence over the individual,” Song explained.

It is unclear whether Onana’s case will be resolved before Cameroon’s crucial World Cup match. Cameroon has failed to win either of their two games.

Switzerland defeated them, and Serbia drew with them. It must win, but how Serbia and Switzerland play is crucial.