The FIFA Confederations Cup has been an eye opener to many nations, particularly, for the participating countries. It wasn’t rosy for the likes of Cameroon and New Zealand.
Leaving Russia as last-placed teams in their Confederations Cup groups, Cameroon and New Zealand are far from sure to return next year.
The World Cup rehearsal tournament had encouraging moments for both teams even if they did not win a game. Now the path to qualifying for the World Cup in November looks no easier.
“It’s not a good situation,” Cameroon coach Hugo Broos acknowledged, looking to home-and-away games against Nigeria in a six-day spell starting August 28.
“We are four points behind Nigeria. We will have to win, otherwise I think our chances will be not so high to be in Russia again next year,” Broos said.