With the end of all top leagues across the world, it is time to focus on international matches for national teams, and this time all eyes will be set on Mexico's next warmup game, this time against Cameroon.
El Tri enters this match following a solid yet unconvincing win against Guatemala, in a game where coach Diego Cocca was able to put to good use some of his most relevant players. Goals by Raúl Jiménez and Roberto de la Rosa sealed the deal for the Mexican side, although their fans will be expecting a bit more from them when they lock horns against the Indomitable Lions.
For this game, coach Cocca will have to make do without Raúl Jiménez, who has been left out of the squad due to a muscular problem that will require surgery. Added to his absence, Mexico's coach will also put up with Guillermo Ochoa's unavailability, since he just joined the team after saving Salernitana from being relegated. Other footballers such as Santiago Giménez and Henry Martín are not expected to have a role in this game, which means that Diego Lainez and even striker Roberto de la Rosa will be handed a starting nod this Saturday. The game is crucial for Mexico, as they are getting ready to face the USMNT in the CONCACAF Nations League semis this Thursday.
As for Cameroon, the team led by Rigobert Song will enter this match after a long spell on the sidelines. The Africans were supposed to play against Kenya in the 2023 AFCON Qualifiers, but with the Kenyans being banned from football by FIFA, Song's men will get to this match with no prior warmup matches. Their most recent game took place in March, and they were unable to defeat Namibia in the 2023 AFCON Qualifiers.
For this match, coach Song decided not to call up some of his most talented players, including striker Vincent Aboubakar, Eric Choupo-Moting or André-Frank Zambo Anguissa. Instead, the former defender will see Karl Toko Ekambi, Pierre Kunde, Jean Onana, and Moumi Ngamaleu leading the line against Mexico.
This clash will also give Cameroon a chance to win their first-ever match against Mexico. In two prior meetings, El Tri has defeated the Indomitable Lions with similar one-nil scores. The most recent game between these national teams came in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where a lonely goal by Oribe Peralta gave Mexico three points in their first match in that competition.
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