Our prediction for this match:
Stadion Galgenwaard will host Thursday’s friendly between Japan and Cameroon. The Samurai Blue continue their preparations for the World Cup qualifiers, and we are positive that they are going to take this warm-up match very seriously. It has to be noted that La Liga attacker Shinji Okazaki has been recalled for the upcoming friendly games. A man to watch in the home team will be Liverpool midfielder Takumi Minamino, who joined the Anfield outfit from Salzburg.
The African side, on the other hand, aim to get their revenge on Japan for the 2010 World Cup loss, and we are positive that the Indomitable Lions are going to leave their hearts on the field. The Cameroonians, though, failed to find the net in the previous four meetings with the Asian side, which is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the nominal hosts. The game will be played behind closed doors.
Highlighted Player (Shoya Nakajima):
Born in Hachioji, Tokyo on August 23, 1994, Shoya Nakajima is a Japanese footballer who plays for Porto as a winger. Nakajima is a product of his hometown club Tokyo Verdy and he continued playing for the capital club at senior level, scoring 6 goals in 29 appearances for the Ajinomoto Stadium Chofu outfit.
In 2014 he moved to fellow capital club FC Tokyo and after ending his loan spells with the likes of Kataller Toyama and Portimonense, he signed a permanent deal with the Portuguese club. After scoring only one goal in seven appearances for Al-Duhail, Shoya Nakajima moved to Porto in 2019, signing a five-year deal with the Primeira Liga outfit.
Nakajima made his debut with the Japanese national team on March 23, 2018 against Mali, scoring the only foal for the Samurai Blue in the 1-1 draw with the African side. His preferred foot is right and his main position is right midfield.
Highlighted Team (Cameroon):
Cameroon are an African team that played their first ever game against Belgian Congo back in 1956. The Indomitable Lions made 7 appearances at the World Cup finals and they recorded their best result at the major tournament in 1990. Cameroon made it to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals by beating Colombia in the last 16, but England proved to be a big catch for the African team.
Speaking of African Cup of Nations, Cameroon clinched their fourth CAN trophy in 2002, when they defeated Senegal in the title game. A number of world-class footballers played for the Indomitable Lions in the past and the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Rigobert Song, Roger Milla, Patrick M’Boma, Stephane Mbia and Geremi are the most notable players who were part of the Cameroonian national football team.
Samuel Eto’omade 118 appearances for Cameroon, scoring 56 goals for the national team and he is regarded as the team’s top scorer. Eto’o used to play for the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Everton and Sampdoria in the past.