Russia in 2018 both for New Zealand and Cameroon is not likely after being the bottom-place teams in their respective confederations Cup groups.
In spite of not winning any game during the World Cup preparation tournament, both teams had encouraging moments.
Hugo Broos, coach for Cameroon said that the road to be qualified for the World Cup this November would not be easy. The situation is not good for Cameroon and playing games against Nigeria starting August 28 for a six-day spell might be difficult, acknowledged Broos.
Cameroon is four points behind Nigeria and if they don’t win, they might lose their chance of being in Russia in 2018.
On the other hand, the path to Russia for New Zealand is two play-off rounds. The team should win over Solomon Islands this September to battle against South America’s fifth-place team in November. Possible opponents are Lionel Messi, Argentina or Chile.
New Zealand’s coach, Anthony Hudson, is positive that his team can compete with the possible opponents.
Hudson is more optimistic having his job secured even with only five months since coach Broos guided Cameroon to an astonishing Africa Cup of Nations championship. He is confident that his team will improve and hope to be physically fit to do three games within eight days.
The bright aura of Broos was changed to a darker stance on Sunday after his team lost to Germany. He recognizes that even being among the best teams in Africa; there is a disparity between the team and present football. The team still lingers on the past successes. But, in order to win, they need to plan ahead and solve the problems on not having enough pitches and shortness of infrastructure.
Broos emphasized that if Cameroon does qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, solutions to the problems he earlier mentioned should be addressed.