Mexico and Cameroon will lock horns in the second match of the 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup at Arena das Dunas on Friday.
The Indomitable Lions' journey to Brazil has not been entirely smooth as their arrival at the tournament was delayed after players refused to board the plane because of a dispute over their bonus payments. However, they managed to iron out the issues and the team has since landed in South America as one of the five African representatives at the tournament.
The four-time African champions have been on a downward spiral at World Cups since their inspirational quarter-final run at Italia 90. They have only won one of match in all their appearances thereafter and did not qualify for Germany 2006.
They lost all their matches in South Africa four years ago, scoring two goals, both of which were netted by captain Samuel Eto'o.
A solid start for Volker Finke's charges will be crucial in their effort to be one of the two sides to progress from Group A, which also includes Croatia and Brazil.
Mexico claimed their place among the 32 at the showpiece via the play-offs, where they beat New Zealand with a comfortable 9-3 aggregate score.
El Tri have also battled to better their best record of reaching the last eight, which they achieved when they hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986. They have never gone further than the round of 16 outside their own borders.
They will be without starting midfielders Juan Carlos Medina and Luis Montes, who were both lost to injuries sustained in warm-up matches.
The teams have only played each other once, with Mexico winning 1-0 in a friendly match in Los Angeles back in 1993.