Belgian coach Hugo Broos will be counting on goals from recalled Fabrice Olinga to sink the Super Eagles and help him save his job as Cameroon coach.
The bosses who hired Broos have been fired after FIFA disbanded the Cameroon FA and appointed a second normalisation committee in four years to restructure the running of the game in the country.
The African champions have kept it tight at the back, but have often struggled in front of goal despite parading the opportunistic Vincent Aboubakar.
And now they are banking on the hugely talented Olinga to deliver in a crucial World Cup tie that could well determine the team who will be on the plane to Russia next summer.
The 21-year-old forward, who was once recommended to both Sampdoria and Chelsea by the legendary Samuel Eto’o Fils, was part of Indomitable Lions squad to the last World Cup.
He moved to Europe as a teenager and has featured for Malaga in La Liga.
He currently features for Belgian club Royal Excel Mouscron, but he has yet to score this season in five appearances.
Seattle Sounders left-sided defender Nouhou Tolo will also have his chance to stake a claim in the Indomitable Lions against the Eagles.
The Douala-born defender, 21, has already been capped at U17, U20 and U23 levels.
Broos will now be hoping for some fresh magic to get Cameroon’s World Cup hopes back on track beginning on Friday after draws in their first two qualifiers.