On Thursday, Switzerland and Cameroon will play each other for the first time ever as they play in a Group G fixture of the World Cup 2022.

Cameroon placed third at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Switzerland advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals at Euro 2020.

It may take some getting used to seeing Switzerland without Vladmir Petkovic on the sidelines after four straight international competitions, as former Schaffhausen manager Murat Yakin leads the team to a World Cup for the first time.

The Basler has presided over a remarkable World Cup qualifying campaign since taking charge in August 2021, going unbeaten with 18 points out of a possible 24.

The Swiss will be optimistic moving into their fourth straight World Cup, despite falling to Ghana 2-0 in their final warm-up match, as players like Breel Embolo and captain Granit Xhaka will be going to Qatar in excellent condition.

Contrarily, Cameroon hasn’t been in great shape since their run at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning only one of their last five games, and that was against Burundi, who are currently placed 141st.

Karl Toko Ekambi’s dramatic World Cup qualifying win over Algeria in March allowed Rigobert Song’s team to advance to Qatar in style.

The Indomitable Lions are really placed fourth worst overall in the competition, 28 places behind their Swiss opponents and 22 places behind everyone else in Group G.

The five-time African champions will however enter this important World Cup opening with genuine confidence thanks to attacking talent like Toko Ekambi and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who has 11 goals and three assists in his previous 10 games.

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