Cameroon, Five times AFCON winner, is poised to kick off the 2023 tournament with a match against Guinea. This marks the 21st AFCON appearance for the indomitable Lions, with only Egypt, Ivory Coast, and Ghana boasting more appearances.
Meanwhile, Guinea, participating for the 14th time, seeks to break their AFCON title drought. They hold the record for the most appearances in the tournament without securing the coveted title.
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Cameroon Legend Rigobert Song will be making his debut at the AFCON as the team’s head coach. He had a stellar career as a player for the nation, featuring at the AFCON on eight occasions and winning it twice.
Cameroon enters AFCON 2023 facing selection challenges, as key players like Bryan Mbuemo and Choupo-Moting are missing. Mbuemo was injured while. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was left out of the squad after his failure to feature for the team in their friendlies. Goalkeeper André Onana’s absence is imminent due to Premier League commitments.
Manager Rigobert Song relies on the striking duo of Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi for inspiration. Despite having won the tournament five times, Cameroon is not favored by many ahead of this Tournament.
Guinea, led by former Arsenal striker Kaba Diawara, aims to surpass their 2021 performance. The team’s star striker, Serhou Guirassy, plying his trade in the German Bundesliga will need to pass a late fitness match in this opening match. Guirassy limped off in a warm-up friendly against Nigeria ahead of this tournament.
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The clash between Cameroon and Guinea at this AFCON marks their third meeting in the tournament’s group stages. Notably, both prior encounters concluded in draws, with a 2-2 result in 1998 and a 1-1 stalemate in 2015. There’s no clear favorite in this one, as the match can go either way.
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