Our prediction for this World Cup 2026 match:
Japoma Stadium will host Friday’s World Cup qualifier between Cameroon and Algeria, who face each other for the first time since October 2017. Back then Cameroon defeated Algeria 2-0, and the Indomitable Lions are once again seen as favourites to win the match. Toni Conceicao’s troops were producing fine displays at the 2022 AFCON, with the team eventually winning the bronze medal thanks to a thrilling comeback in the third-place playoff against Burkina Faso.
A man to watch in the home team will be Vincent Aboubakar, who scored eight goals at the showpiece tournament in his homeland. Algeria, on the other hand, failed to impress at the Africa Cup of Nations, with the team losing to both Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast, while sharing the spoils with Sierra Leone. Since Cameroon are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return to Algeria empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting):
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Schalke 04 as a winger. Choupo-Moting joined die Knappen in 2014, but he played for fellow German sides Mainz, Nurnberg and Hamburger in the past as well. He was part of FC St. Pauli during his youth career.
The Cameroonian international, who was born in Altona, Hamburg, represented the Indomitable Lions at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and he made the Cameroon 2014 World Cup squad as well. Choupo-Moting is well known for his speed and he often makes life difficult for the opposition defenders. His main position is left wing, but he is capable of playing as a centre forward as well.
Choupo-Moting scored six goals in 28 appearances for Schalke in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, but many people believe that he was producing much better performances with Mainz. The Cameroonian attacker scored 10 goals in 32 league appearances for die Nullfunfer in the 2013/2014 season. Choupo-Moting, who was born on 23 Match, 1989, began his youth career at Teutonia 05.
Highlighted Team (Algeria):
The Algeria national football team was established in 1962 as they were not allowed to play international games under French Rule. El Khadra (the Greens) or the Desert Warriors participated at the World Cup finals four times and they recorded their best result at the major tournament in 2014 (Brazil), making it to the last 16.
The Algerians were producing outstanding displays under Vahid Halilhodzic, but despite making life difficult for star-studded Germany in the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament, the African team eventually failed to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals. Algeria play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, while the colour of the team’s away kit is green.
The Desert Warriors impressed at the 1990 African Cup of Nations, with the team defeating Nigeria in the final of the tournament. It has to be noted, though, that Algeria hosted the tournament. The Algerians have been playing their home matches at Stade Mustapha Tchaker since 2006 and Stade 5 Juillet 1962 was regarded as the team’s home stadium before 2006.