World Cup 2010: Japan vs. Cameroon Live Stream [UPDATED]
Japan and Cameroon lock horns at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, and all eyes will be on Samuel Eto’o, who is expected to return after missing the last warm-up friendly against Serbia as a result of a suspension. The 29-year-old Inter Milan striker was sent off after getting two yellow cards in the first half of a tuneup against Portugal.
Eto’o was the obvious choice for the captain’s armband when coach Paul Le Guen took over last year and showed his motivational qualities during Cameroon’s successful push for a place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The Indomitable Lions took the football world by storm at the 1990 gala in Italy, where the West Africans upset powerhouse Argentina 1-0 in their opener before eventually losing to England in the quarterfinals after an extra-time goal.
Cameroon failed to qualify for the 2006 finals, but they stormed back to secure a spot in this year’s edition of the tournament. Le Guen says he has 23 players fit and available but has hinted that Arsenal centre back Alex Song might not make the starting lineup.
This is Japan’s fourth consecutive World Cup and the squad is considered the best in Asia having won last five editions of the Asian Cup. Coach Takeshi Okada has billed this game as the most important in the Samurai Blue’s bid to advance as far as the semifinals, fearing the mental consequences of a stalemate or a defeat in the first match.
The game starts at 16:00 CET (10:00 a.m. ET).
UPDATE: CSKA midfielder Keisuke Honda scored in the first half to lead Japan to a 1-0 win over Cameroon in Group E.