We will roar again the Cameroonians cry as they face Croatia in their second Group A match the wounded African lions have Croatia standing in the way of their walk into the second round.
Cameroon Face A Fiery Croatian Fight
Cameroon and Croatia are meeting for the first time and the two coaches will hope to beat the odds against an early exit from the tournament
Cameroon lost the first game against Mexico, and the team will be looking to avoid the same fate in the hands of Croatia who are also looking to revive their Brazil 2014 hopes after they lost to the host on the match day 1.
These two teams have no previous meeting before, in more words describable, they are strangers to each other.
Cameroon is the first African team to go top a World Cup Group and then play in the second round in 1990 when they had that enigmatic Roger Milla; however, over the years, the team is yet to produce the same performance of the 90's or even better it.
Niko Kovac and his boys have a bitter pill to chew if Cameroon takes the beat over them; The Croatian team have more than just field battle to do against Cameroon. Hours after they lost to Brazil on the matcch opening day, nude photos of the team spread across the media like wildfire, sparkling an outrage in the football world and pushing the Croatian players to deny the media access to their privacy.
The two teams will be in the loss of two prolific game changers in the team as Eto'o has been confirmed as a doubt for the game having picked a knock in the knee in the loss to Mexico; Luka Modric is a doubt to play today for the Croatian team as he is also out with a knock he received in the first game.
Cameroon without talisman Samuel Eto'o can look into the shoes of ageless, hard battling Fenerbache striker Pierre Achille Webo who could come in as a replacement for Wednesday’s match in Manaus just as while Croatia will welcome back Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukich who was missed the first game due to suspension.
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Whatever happens in the game, whoever will play and may not play, these two sides have to prove their further stay in the World Cup; a loss for either of the team translates to an exit from the competition and that team would be the first to be eliminated from Brazil.
Having told that these teams are total strangers to themselves in the international scene; Croatia may find rather hard too as they haven't played any African team in the World Cup before and may not know what strength and surprises the African team can pull.
Cameroon can tap into the advantage of nature with the humid Manaus weather and the Local fans want of an African style of football: More Attack, less defence; as long as it is not as sloppy as the Nigerians' against Iran.
Strangers on the pitch; acquaintance by circumstances: For the game tonight, Cameroon will be without key man, Samuel Eto'o, while the 'Çhequered Ones' as Croatia is known, could be without Luka Modric.
Beyond the strange and circumstantial attributions, the two teams may well hope to beat a World Cup nightmare, though they haven't played each other in any international game, these teams have not won in their last Five World Cup games: Croatia betters the record though with one win, three losses and two draws.