Mexico will face off Cameroon on Friday, June 13 in a Group A fixture.
The game will kick-off at 12:00 p.m EDT at Arena das Dunas in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.
Both Mexico and Cameroon nearly didn’t make the World Cup owing to various reason.
Mexico had to rely on USA beating Panama for them to qualify, while the Cameroon team had refused to board the plane to Brazil before settling bonus payments for the tournament.
Mexico has never reached the last 16 outside the only time they hosted the World Cup.
Coach Miguel Herrera has said that he intents to lead El Tri to the “fifth round at least,” so look for them to go into try-hard mode right from the get go against Cameroon.
With the likes of former Tottenham player Giovani dos Santos and Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez, Mexico might just have enough in the talent department to pip Cameroon.
Meanwhile, the Indomitable Lions have a solid spine with goalkeeper Charles Itandje, Barcelona midfielder Alex Song and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o, and will prove hard to beat.
Despite some jibes by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho about Eto’o being older than his declared age, expect the former Barcelona striker to put at least one past Mexico.
Epoch Times prediction: Mexico, 2-1
Bleacher Report: Mexico, 1-0
Paul Merson for Sky Sports: Mexico, 2-1