Qatar 2022: Cameroon Boss Rigobert Song Insists ‘Rankings Don’t Matter’ Ahead of Switzerland Clash

Qatar 2022: Cameroon Boss Rigobert Song Insists ‘Rankings Don’t Matter’ Ahead of Switzerland Clash

  • Cameroon, who will be making their eighth appearance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, will face Switzerland at the Al Janoub Stadium on November 24
  • Head coach of Cameroon, Rigobert Song believes Switzerland's FIFA ranking does not matter heading into their World Cup Group G opener
  • The Indomitable Lions are significantly behind Switzerland on the world body's football rankings, 28 places below the European nation

Cameroon manager Rigobert Song has stressed that rankings will be of little significance, when his side comes face-to-face with Switzerland in their Group C curtain-raiser.

The Indomitable Lions are currently ranked 43rd in the world, a glaring gulf of difference from opponents Switzerland, who are ranked 15th.

Song however, who is a cult figure in his homeland, is confident of an upset against the Swiss, who are ranked 28 places above Cameroon in the FIFA rankings.

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Cameroon, Rigobert Song, Switzerland, FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022
Cameroon boss Rigobert Song is fired up ahead of his side's World Cup opener against Switzerland. Photo credit: @GOALAfrica
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“We have seen surprises already at this World Cup; we respect our opponents, but it is on the pitch that you are going to see who is stronger,” said Song as per Punchng via GOAL.

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Song believes rankings aren't a factor when teams are on the pitch, adding his team was very calm and happy to have avoided the mistakes of the past.

“We have had no disputes about wages or money. Things have changed at the football federation now that Samuel Eto’o is president. He’s a hard worker, there every day to make sure the players are as prepared as possible. Hopefully this time we are calm, ready and focused.”

Eto'o trains with Cameroon team

Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o joined the Indomitable Lions in their final training session, ahead of their Group G opener against Switzerland at the World Cup in Qatar.

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Sports Brief reported that Eto'o, who retired from the game in 2019, currently leads the Cameroonian Football Federation as its president.

Although he will not be playing against Switzerland, the FECAFOOT boss took the opportunity to speak to the players before Thursday morning's game.

Ghana beats Switzerland in friendly

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that defender Mohammed Salisu and forward Antoine Semenyo scored their first goals for the Black Stars, as Ghana beat Switzerland in their final friendly ahead of the World Cup.

Salisu's second-half lofting header and Semenyo's powerful strike ensured the Black Stars leave for Qatar with their confidence boosted.

Switzerland started well with Ruben Vargas coming close in the 6th minute, after meeting a cross from Breel Embolo on his right.