Our prediction for this match:
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) giants Australia have suffered respective blows in the opening round of 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. Les Lions Indomptables stood no real chance against Chile in their opening Confederations Cup clash and were fortunate enough not to go down in the first-half already as it was thanks to VAR that the result was 0-0. The Chileans stepped up their efforts in the second term and broke the deadlock through Arturo Vidal, before closing the game in the dying moments of the game through Vargas. Vincent Aboubakar and Christian Bassogog lacked support from their teammates upfront and were unable to do anything noteworthy. Australia, on the other side, put up a fight against Joachim Loew’s experimental Germany but still ended up losing the match 3-2. Rogic and Juric scored in each half to offer slight hope to the Kangaroos who need to beat Cameroon in order to preserve any chance of going through in the competition. If they maintain the level of commitment displayed against Germany, Australia should have no problems defeating Cameroon.
Highlighted Player (Carlos Kameni):
Carlos Kameni is considered one of the best African goalkeepers of all times. The Cameroonian international played for Kadji Sports during his youth career and in 2000 he signed a contract with Le Havre. Four years later Carlos Kameni joined Espanyol and he made no less than 222 appearances for the Catalan outfit.
On 13 January, 2012 the Cameroonian shoot-stopper moved to fellow La Liga side Malaga and he has been playing for los Boquerones ever since. Carlos Kameni was born in Douala, Cameroon on 18 February, 1984 and 18 years later he represented his homeland at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
He made Cameroon 2010 FIFA World Cup squad as well, but he did not see any game action at the showpiece tournament as French tactician Paul Le Guen preferred Souleymanou Hamidou over him. You should have in mind that Kameni’s older brother Mathurin was a goalkeeper as well. Carlos was named the Best African Goalkeeper for the 2006/2007 season.
Highlighted Team (Australia):
Australia are a member of the Asian Football Confederation as they left the Oceania Football Confederation in 2006. The Socceroos made it to the World Cup finals for the first time back in 1974, but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament in Germany. In 2006, though, the Australians did well to advance to the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup, but eventual champions Italy proved to be a big catch for Guus Hiddink’s troops.
Australia participated at the World Cup finals in 2010 and 2014 as well, but they failed to impress at the tournaments in South Africa and Brazil respectively. In 2015 the Socceroos won the Asian Cup trophy, with the team beating South Korea in the title game and that is regarded as the team’s biggest success.
Tim Cahill is considered one of the most famous footballers that played for Australia and it has to be noted that the former Premier League star scored his 48th goal for the Socceroos in a 1-0 win over UAE in September, 2016.