Fashion style Cameroon won
all matches, did not concede a goal and looked like they would be capable
of even more if necessary. But attention, it was not as easy as it seems
now in review and Cameroon have to beware themselves of overconfidence.
With Winnie Schaefer they have the right coach to make them refocus and
so they go into the match as favorites.
If there is a coach to find
a strategy against the Indomitable lions it should be master tactician
Mahmoud El Gohary, who can be considered probably the top African coach
so far and even if Egypt fail today. In the form of the World Cup qualifiers
Egypt were a match for any team but the start at Mali 2002 has been shaky.
Injury and related problems, difficult opponents, the bumpy pitch, several
aspects have yet made it difficult for Egypt to find a formula to scare
real lions. But they have improved every match, have won twice and will
probably aim first at keeping Cameroon scoreless. In 1998 they did with
the then explosive Ivorians to win on penalties. Of course they had practised
them before, as Gohary teams are always well prepared...
Cameroon are 50% favorites
(decimal odds: 1.8), Egypt are rated 22 % (4.0), a draw is 28% (3.2).
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-Cameroon in yellow socks,
red shorts, green (sleeveless) shirts, Egypt in white socks, white shorts,
and red shirts
-('3) Cameroon have applied
early pressure on the Egyptian defence and forced themselves through: a
dangerous sharp shot by Eto'o is saved by Hadary
-both teams look concentrated,
Cameroon slightly with a little bit more detrmining the tempo
-('11) Cameroon: Womé
fires from a tight angle behind the goal. A promising attack
-('16) Egypt half a half
chance through an attack over the right hand side and a low cross in for
Hosni who cannot control the ball
-When the ball is in
play, the match is quite intense. Cameroon forwards apply an effective
pressing on the Egyptian defenders when they try to build up. When the
ball is not in play players do not hurry and try to take recovery breaks
in the afternoon heat.
-Cameroon are strong
one against one as we know them
-('23) Cameroon: Eto'o low
bouncing shot from 23 meters, wide. A minute later Egyptian keeper Hadary
intercepts a long ball by head outside his penalty area
-('24) a long throw in by
Cameroon and a Foe header attempt, no problem for Hadary.
-long throws had been
an important tool of Cameroons success 2000, when Geremi from the right
and Womé from the left brought defences into troubles serving the
high balls for the strong physical attackers which then could set up shots
by third players. Because of the low momentum of the throws compared to
kicks they are not easy to defend without the risk that the ball falls
to the feet of a striker
-('31) snapshot: Cameroon
have given up pressing for the moment and Egypt pass the ball around among
defenders to get some of the game which is most of the time taking place
in the Egyptina half.
-('32) Eto'o has a half
chance as he is free for a header but the ball came without impact on his
head so he can only get off a weak header which goes high across the bar.
Egypt answer with a similarly half dangerous attack and a shot high across
-Cameroon dominate the
match with patience. The Lions are strolling around the Egyptian defence,
appearing not very hungry but in reality just waiting for their victims
to offer a weak spot. Egypt seem happy with not being bitten.
-('44)('45) Cameroon get
dangerous twice in the final minutes
-not much has changed.
Egyptian defence is overcrowded when Cameroon are in possession. Egypt
seem to try to play into attack more quickly but Cameroon dominate midfield
and intercept attacks early
-('50) Cameroon punctual
pressing almost pays off: Eto'o intercepts a ball by Hadary, gets passed
the keeper and shoots from 16 on the empty goal but the ball goes wide.
he has been irritated by a defender who has hurried back and makes contact
but seemingly after the shot. Eto'o wants a free kick or penalty but the
referee says no. This had been a golden opportunity
-('52) Egypt substitute
a defender (Amr Fahim) who has looked a bit unsure in the first half by
-it seems an Egyptian
plan to surprise Cameroon at occasions by attacking with a bigger number
of players. Only that the ball very seldom penetrates into the Cameroonian
-60 minutes played and
gradually but perceptibally Egypt seem to accelate while cameroon again
apply their dangerus punctual pressing
-('62) one of those pressing
situations is leading to a corner. The well designed kick finds Mboma who
makes a great header in to the corner at the second goalpost -1:0
-('66) Egypt: Hossam Hassan
is on for Hosni
-('67) Cameroon: long cross
into the Egyptian penalty area and a marking mismatch. Mboma sets up Lauren
by head but the shot of the Arsenal player hits the outside of the net
only. A huge opportunity
-('69) Cameroon: Eto'o is
just defended after Geremi broke through on the right, the ensuing corner
is dangerous again.
-The physical force of
the Cameroonians is a huge factor at set plays
-('70) Egypt play a corner
indirectly and the cross finds Mido for a dangerous header. The first real
opportunity for Egypt
-('71) Cameroon: Tchato
sees a first yellow card for a tctical foul´stoping an Egypt attack
-('72) Egypt: Radwan makes
a surprisingly dangerous free kick out of it. wide
-('73) Cameroon: Ngom in
for Olembe, he sees yellow immediately for holding
-('74) Egypt: Mido wins
another header from a free kick, Hossam Hassan tries to reach it but it
goes out wide
-('75) Cameroon again seize
the opportunity for pressing and get Egypt into some trouble
-the match clearly has
accelerated since the goal
-('79) Egypt: Ramzy shows
his class that has made him the most valuable African Bundesliga player
of the past 10 years when he stops a Cameroonian attack all alone
-('81) Bebo in for Aahmed
-('81) Hadary with a spectacular
save against a shot by Ngom from outside the penalty area
-('82) AAlioum intercepts
a cross designed for neglected Hossam Hassan, Cameroon answer with an Eto'o
-('84) Hossam Hassan provokes
a scuffle as he sees yellow for a frustration foul from behind. The referee
-('86) Egyptian attacks
become more dangerous
-Cameroon look very mature
in singular situations..Egypt really fight now.
-Cameroon never make
the mistake to neglect their attacking options
-('90) Cameroon: corner
kick finds Foe for a dangerous header, just wide
-('90+2) Cameroon: Suffo
in for Eto'o.
-(90+3) Cameroon keep attacking,
Egypt have too hurry on their few opportunities to start attacks.
-(90+4) Cameroon keep possession
in front of the Egyptian goal for more than a minute before the final whistle
seals the match
final score 1:0
Cameroon are just one thing:
strong (in any aspect). The grade of dominance seems to have even
increased sínce the last Nations Cup. Nobody wins football matches
automatically but opponents will find it very hard to stop them as they
also display concentration and seriousness.
match data as published
by CAF Online:
Referee: Mourad Daami
Ass. Referees: Dramane
Dante (MLI), Gamal El Hawari (LBY).
Scorer: Patrick Mboma
Cameroon: 1-Boukar Alioum;
2-Bill Tchato, 5-Raymond Kalla, 4-Rigobert Song, 8-Geremi Fotso Njitap,
3-Pierre Wome, 17-Marc- Vivien Foe, 12-Lauren Etame Mayer, 20-Salomon Olembe,
(21- Daniel Ngom Kome 73), 9-Samuel Eto (19-Patrick Suffo 90), 10- Patrick
Egypt: 16-Essam El Hadary;
3-Mohamed Omara, 4-Hany Ramzy, 5-Abdelzaher El Saqqa, 2-Amr Fahim (13-Wael
Gomaa 53), 8-Yasser Radwan, 12-Mohamed Barakat, 17-Ahmed Hassan (7-Khaled
El Amin 81), 14-Hazem Imam, 18-Ahmed Hossam, 19-Ahmed Salah Hosny (9- Gamal
Cameroon: 2- Tchato (70),
21- Kome (73)
Egypt: 9- Hamzi (83)
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