The Algerian national team succeeded in ending the first half of its match against its host Cameroon, with a clean score, in the match that is currently gathering them at the “Jaboma” stadium, in the first leg of the African final qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Islam Slimani, Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon striker, scored Algeria’s goal in the 40th minute of the match, with a powerful header that Cameroon goalkeeper Onana failed to save.
Soleimani had missed the opportunity to score a goal in the 13th minute of the match, after he was alone in the goal, before he shot strongly, but goalkeeper Onana starred and prevented the ball from entering the net.
The Algerian national team started the match with the following formation:
Goalkeeper: Rais Mbolhi
Defense line: Issa Mandi – Jamal bin Al Omari – Abdul Qader Badran
Midfield: Hussein bin Ayada – Ramiz Zerrouqi – Ismail bin Nasser – Rami bin Sabaini
Forwards: Youssef Blaili – Islam Soleimani – Riyad Mahrez
The formation of Cameroon was as follows
Goalkeeper: Andrey Onana
Defense Line: Collins Faye – Michel Negado – Castellito – Nohu Tolo
Midfield: Martin Ongla – Junior Onana – Samuel Homme Gott
Forwards: Karl Toko Ekambi, Chubu-Moting, Vincent Aboubakar
Algeria qualified after topping Group A in the qualifiers, ahead of Burkina Faso, Niger and Djibouti. Cameroon qualified at the top of Group D, which included Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Malawi.
Tonight’s match will be for the Cameroonian national team under the leadership of new coach Rigobert Song, the former star of the Lions’ defense, who replaced the Portuguese Antonio Conceicao, who left after the last African Nations Cup, during which the team won third place.
On the other hand, the Desert Warriors team enters the match in order to correct the course, after its early exit from the African Nations Championship, where Algeria coach Jamal Belmadi seeks to benefit from the experiences of his professional stars in the major European leagues, in order to achieve a positive result before facing the return leg.
It is worth noting that the return leg will bring the two teams together on Tuesday, March 29th, at the “Mustafa Tchaker” stadium in Algeria.