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Preview: Guinea vs. Cameroon - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's African Nations Championship clash between Guinea and Cameroon, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Cameroon will be looking to restore their pride when they take on Guinea in the African Nations Championship third-place playoff game at the Yaounde's Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Saturday.

The Indomitable Lions suffered a humiliating defeat to Morocco in the semi-finals, while Guinea lost 5-4 on penalties to their West African counterparts Mali.

Match preview

Cameroon's Samuel Gouet, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Franck Evina after the match in October 2020© Reuters

Cameroon finished second in Group A with five points to seal a place in the quarter-finals, where they secured an impressive 2-1 victory over 2016 champions Congo DR.

However, their hopes of lifting the prestigious African Nations Championship trophy on home soil were ended in the semi-finals by Morocco at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium on Wednesday.

In a one-sided affair, goals from central defender Soufiane Bouftini, Soufiane Rahimi and Mohamed Ali Bemammer put Martin Ndtoungou Mpile's men to the sword, as they collapsed to 4-0 defeat.

In the other semi-final fixture, Guinea lost to 2016 finalists Mali on penalties, after it remained goalless at the end of 120 minutes at the Japoma Stadium.

Mali shot-stopper Djigui Diarra was the hero of the penalty shootout, as he managed to keep out Morlaye Sylla's spot kick, before Mamoudou Coulibaly blasted the Eagles into the finals with a well-taken penalty.

Up until their respective semi-final defeats, both Cameroon and Guinea had been impressive at the tournament, picking up two wins and two draws in the first four games.

Mpile and Guinea boss Kanfory Mohamed Bangoura will now go head to head for their first-ever medal since taking over each nation, as they square off for bronze on Saturday.

They have been inseparable in their three recent meetings, with each head coach picking up one win, one draw and falling to one defeat.

Guinea will be aiming to better their impressive 2016 run, where they fell to a 2-1 defeat against the Elephants of Ivory Coast in the third-place playoff game in Rwanda.

Guinea African Nations Championship form: WDDWL
Guinea form (all competitions): DLWDDD

Cameroon African Nations Championship form: WDDWL
Cameroon form (all competitions): LWDDWL

Team News

The Indomitable Lions have a clean bill of health, coming into this tie with no injured or suspended players.

However, AS Futuro's forward Joseph Yannick N'Djeng will be unavailable, after he was dismissed from the Cameroon camp for violent conduct when he was hooked off against Morocco.

Guinea have a full strength squad to select from, and Mohamed Bangoura will most likely name an unchanged XI from last time out.

Midfielder Mory Kante is expected to return to the fold after serving his one-match suspension for a sending-off in the quarter-finals victory over Rwanda.

Guinea possible starting lineup:
M Camara; N Camara, Doumbouya, A Camara, M Bangoura; I Camara, Sylla, Kante, Coumbassa; M Bangoura, Barry

Cameroon possible starting lineup:
Kerrido; Mamoudou, Banga, Matanda, Andoulo; Oukine, Tchuente; Etong, Zoua, Assomo; Soga

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We say: Guinea 2-1 Cameroon

This promises to be a close one, as both Cameroon and Guinea are equally matched on paper. They have both failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three games, so we can expect goals scored at both ends of the pitch. However, Mpile's men should be able to steal it at the end of the day with the support of the roaring fans.

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