Cameroon faces Colombia today in Spain in an international friendly. This is Cameroon’s last preparatory game before they head into the Confederations cup as a reward for winning the AFCON earlier this year. They find themselves in group B, which also includes Germany, Chile and Australia.
This will be the 4th time these two countries are competing internationally. The first was in 1990, when Cameroon beat Colombia 2-1 in the World Cup round of 16. That was the best year for Cameroon in the tournament as they started with a 1-0 over Argentina and reached the quarter finals too. The game was only decided during extra time as Milla scored 2 goals against Redin’s 1. Roger Milla’s second goal was a memorable one as he seized the ball from goalkeeper Higuita, who tried to dribble him before scoring.
The second encounter between both sides was in the Confederations cup semi-final in 2003, and Cameroon edged out with a 1-0 win through a close-range finish from Pius Ndiefi. This day remains the saddest day in Cameroonian football as they lost one of their best players, Marc Vivian Foe. Even though Cameroon qualified for the finals to face France and lose 1-0, their semi-final celebration was short-lived as they learnt immediately after the game that their compatriot had died.
Fast forward 9 years later, in 2012, Cameroon played Colombia in a friendly game and the South American side won for the first time 3-0. This game brought back some memories for the African nation, but it wasn’t an eventful encounter.
Once more, both sides prepare to face each other in another friendly and Colombia are the favorites. On paper, they have a stronger squad and will have more support from fans as many Colombians live in Spain. But just like Cameroon proved to the whole of Africa that being underdogs is not permanent, there is also a possibility for the Indomitable Lions to win the game.
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