The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and the Mediterranean Knights of Libya meet this Tuesday, November 21 at the Martyrs Stadium in Benina, Benghazi to mark eight clashes ever in the history of football. In line with the African zone World Cup Qualifiers, Cameroon has thrown weights six times with Libya and came out the superior side with four victories, a defeat and a single tie game.
In all, Cameroon and Lybia have held hands seven times, their first ever clash on March 12, 1982 at the Africa Cup of Nations, a match that ended goalless
When the boys of Rigobert Song set in their feet on the turf for the Group D matchday-2 history will note that the two football teams are meeting each other after a decade, the last time on September 8, 2013 on day-6 actions of the World Cup Qualifiers, a game Cameroon hosted and edged her visitor 1-0.
The host of this Tuesday’s game , Libya opened their qualification campaign on a good note with a hard-fight 1-0 victory over South African nation Eswatini to settle for three points in Group D while group mate Cameroon crashed Mauritius Island 3-0 at home to enjoy leadership due to a better goal difference.
Cameroon recorded 2 successive defeats in the hands of Russia and Senegal, 1-0 each before an easy 3-0 ride over Mauritius, goals that came from Brentford’s forward, Bryan Mbeumo, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Frank Magri at the Japoma Stadium in Douala,Cameroon
The team has registered four victories since January 2023 plus three draw games and four defeats in a total of eleven international games already fielded until this November 20, 2023
Cameroon Vs Libya; Some details to note
In the last 3 home games, Libya have scored just 2 goals while failing to win any game
In the last 8 away games in all competitions, Cameroon has failed to win any game, with their very recent games in Moscow and France.
As it stands Cameroon tops the qualifiers in Group D with 3 points in a single outing ahead of Libya on three points too, Angola and Cape Verde on a point each, and Eswatini and Mauritius are yet to mark a point after day-1 actions
Players to watch out
Bryan Mbeumo (Cameroon)
Bryan Mbeumo who plays with Brentfort has proven to be one of the most agile players in the indomitable Lions squad. The striker scored against Mauritius on November 17 in Douala.
He has taken well over the gap Ivan Toney’s ban has caused. In 12 PL games, Bryan Mbeumo has scored 6 while providing a further 2 assists. In the Mauritius tie, Bryan Mbeumo played the full 90 minutes and even scored a goal. In this Libya game he will for sure put up yet another impressive show just two days to their PL clash against Arsenal.
Ahmed Mohamed Rajab Ekrawa (Libya)
Libya national football team head coach Milutin Sredojević utilised Ahmed Mohamed Rajab Ekrawa as a right winger in a 3-4-3 formation last game. The player was effective and also scored the match-winning goal.
Onana is out of the Game
Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana will be absent when Cameroon faces off Libya this Tuesday, November 21 at 5 pm. He was taken off at the 80-minute mark after suffering a shoulder injury against Mauritius Island. The Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT has already issued a release to announce Onana’s absence. Fabrice Ondoa is likely to start as Vincent Aboubakar remains sidelined with a thigh injury.