By Michael Cummings
Cameroon began preparations for the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Macedonia on Monday in an international friendly at the Kufstein Arena in Kufstein, Austria.
Pierre Webo scored the opener in the 52nd minute, a spectacular overhead kick, after a goalless first half. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting sealed the win with Cameroon’s second goal six minutes from time.
The friendly was part of Cameroon’s build-up to the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. For their seventh appearance in international football’s most prestigious event, the Indomitable Lions will be hoping to match or better their best-ever finish, a quarter-final appearance in 1990.
Since then, Cameroon have been knocked out in the group stage in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010. This time, Volker Finke’s side will try to negotiate their way through a tricky Group A, which also includes hosts Brazil, Croatia and Mexico.
Cameroon’s World Cup opener, against Mexico, is set for June 13. That will be preceded by three more warm-up friendlies, against Paraguay (on Thursday), Germany (June 1) and Moldova (June 7).
Macedonia did not qualify for the World Cup but will begin qualification for Euro 2016 on Sept 8, in Spain.