The proposed friendly match between Senegal and Cameroon on October 16 in Lens, France, is in doubt after the two teams were drawn in the same group for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
The draw was held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Thursday, and placed Senegal, the reigning African champions, in Group C alongside Cameroon, Guinea, and Gambia.
According to BSNSports.com.ng, the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) is now considering cancelling the friendly match against Cameroon in order to avoid giving their rivals any unnecessary information ahead of the AFCON.
A source at the FSF told BSNSports.com.ng: “We are currently reviewing our options and will make a decision on the friendly match against Cameroon in due course. However, the fact that the two teams have been drawn in the same group for the AFCON is a major factor to consider.”
The friendly match between Senegal and Cameroon was originally scheduled to be a preparation game for both teams ahead of the AFCON. However, the draw has now thrown a spanner in the works, and it is unclear whether the match will still go ahead.
If the friendly match is cancelled, it will be a blow for both teams, as it would have been a valuable opportunity to test themselves against a top-quality opponent.
However, the FSF is ultimately responsible for the safety and well-being of the Senegalese national team, and they will make the decision that they believe is in the best interests of the team.