CAMEROON head coach Hugo Broos says the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia next month is a must-win game for the Indomitable Lions.
Cameroon host Zambia on November 12 in a Group B qualifying match in Douala.
Broos said Cameroon had to prepare adequately because Zambia was not an easy team to beat.
“It will not be an easy game because Zambia has a good team. This will be an important game for Cameroon and hence we have to record victory at home. I think we cannot afford to lose at our backyard. We need the three points to get closer to qualification,” he said.
He said the Chipolopolo will give Cameroon a ‘‘different ball game’’ and hence the need for a different tactical approach.
Broos said Zambia could prove to be tougher opponents than Algeria, hence they will have to be cautious.
“Our tactical approach will be different against Zambia especially that we are aiming for a win. We may have scored victory against Zambia in the past, but football is dynamic and have to prepare well for next month’s tie,” the Cameroon coach told the Cameroon Daily Journal.
But Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda on Tuesday said Zambia was not intimidated by Cameroon.
“I believe with the players’ right attitude to the game, we can get a good result. Yes, Cameroon is a tough team but that does not scare us,” he said.
Nyirenda kicked off training with 23 local players on Monday to prepare for the West Africans. Professional players are expected to start joining the Chipolopolo camp two weeks before the crucial tie.
Zambia lost 2-1 to Nigeria at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium while Cameroon managed to force a 1-1 draw in Algeria.
Cameroon are third on the table with a point while Zambia is bottom without a point. Nigeria is leading the group with three points and second placed Algeria has one.