Cameroon have been struggling with incessant internal problems since the 2010 World Cup, but are hoping to return to their former glory after missing out on the last two Africa Cup of Nations finals.
And to get this right, nothing would be better than qualifying for the seventh World Cup of their history.
The Indomitable Lions, currently lying third in their group for the Brazilian World Cup qualifiers, will host Togo on Saturday in Yaoundé during round three.
Jean-Paul Akono’s men were outclassed by Libya after having dominated the DR Congo at home, and must now remain in charge at their Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, before two tricky away games in Kinshasa and then Lomé.
The Cameroonians suffered a 1-0 defeat in Dar Es Salam in early February during a friendly against Tanzania, when they fielded a team largely made up of local players, but most of their stars have returned, with the exception of the injured Aurélien Chedjou and Dany Nounkeu.
Akono has also called up Stéphane Mbia and Sébastien Bassong and will be pleased with the return of Eric Choupo-Moting after a long period of convalescence.
Samuel Eto’o and his teammates will have a tough job against the Sparrowhawks – Afcon 2013 quarterfinalists – who are in desperate need of points, following a defeat at the hands of the DR Congo and a draw at home against Libya.
Emmanuel Adebayor and Kossi Agassa had sharp criticism for their coach Didier Six following Togo’s elimination by Burkina Faso in this same tournament, but they will nevertheless be present in Yaoundé.
The Sparrowhawks will however have to find a sense of calm again among their ranks to avoid returning home to Lomé empty-handed.
In the fifteen clashes between these two outfits, the Lions have won ten times and noteworthy is that Togo have never managed a win on Cameroonian soil.