Cape Town - Cameroon will look to take control of Group M in the 2017
Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they face Gambia in Bakau on Sunday.
The Indomitable Lions currently enjoy a two-point lead at
the top of the pool, with their 1-0 win over Mauritania in June – secured by a
late goal from Vincent Aboubakar – placing them in pole position after South
Africa and Gambia drew 0-0 in the other match.
Cameroon have been dealt a blow in the lead up to the match,
with striker Clinton Njie and defender Aurelien Chedjou both ruled out.
However, the return of Joel Matip is a big boost for coach Volker Finke. The
Schalke player has not appeared for his national team since last year’s World
As for Gambia and coach Raoul Savoy, they will be without
striker Ousman Jallow, who has declared himself unavailable for the match,
though the fact that Ibou Sawaneh has ended his international exile is a
"I'm happy with [my] selection," said Sawaneh.
"I will always do anything to represent my country. I'm ready [for
Ibou will be the only experienced striker and is expected to
be partnered by either Swedish-based Pa Dibba or Chinese-based Bubacarr
This will be the first official senior international match
between Gambia and Cameroon, while Tunisian referee Mohamed Said Kordi will
take charge of the fixture in Bakau.
The other Group M match this weekend sees Mauritania host
South Africa in Nouakchott on Saturday evening.
Kick-off at the Independence Stadium will be at 18:30 (SA time).