MOSCOW, Russia, June 16– African champions Cameroon touched down in Moscow on Thursday evening ahead of their third appearance in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
The Indomitable Lions will open their campaign against Chile in the Spartak Stadium in the Russian capital on Sunday before facing Australia in Saint Petersburg on 22 June and current world champions Germany in Sochi on 25 June.
Cameroon’s best FIFA Confederations Cup achievement to date was reaching the final of the 2003 edition. They are taking part in their third Confederations Cup, following on from 2001 and 2003.
The Indomitable Lions, five-time African champs, lost their final preparation game, falling to Colombia 4-0.
Russia says it welcomes measures to cut out racism in football after a FIFA initiative ahead of the Confederations Cup to give referees authority to abandon games over player abuse.
On the eve of the eight-nation tournament, Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s deputy prime minister and organizing chief, said Russia was “grateful to FIFA” but said the country did not have a systematic problem with
Football’s world governing body this week put anti-discrimination mechanisms in place including a three-step policy allowing referees to stop a match if players receive racist abuse and request a public announcement, suspend the match if behaviour persists and if necessary abandon the match.
Russia is “absolutely ready to start this tournament,” Mutko said. He was backed by FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura, who said Russia was at “the best level” of readiness. There were no major recommendations for next year’s World Cup only “minor technical details.”