It almost turned out calamitous for Clarence Seedorf and his Cameroon side in Comoros coastal town of Mitsamiouli as the Indomitable Lions were held 1-1 by their far less-fancied opponents.
In his first game in charge of the Indomitable Lions, the Dutchman witnessed Angers forward Stephane Bahoken save Cameroonian blushes with a late equaliser.
Red Star Belgrade forward El-Fardou Ben Mahommed had thrust Comoros ahead in the first half, in what almost became one of the biggest upsets in African football.
A relieved Seedorf knew that the Cameroonian public might take issue with the draw, but for him, it is now time to wear a brave face in the wake of this unfamiliar result.
“It was obviously difficult conditions. But the team spirit, the fighting spirit to try to escape with the victory was there. I do not think another team would come here to have an easy day. No, I am absolutely not disappointed, but happy with the spirit we have shown," he added.
“It was certainly not our best game, but the second half was better, we had better chances, the players were patient," Seedorf revealed.
“I finally got to know the players. This first step of this cycle has been very positive,” he said.
Seedorf’s decision to snub Chinese-based players might also have backfired.
Although, Cameroon have already qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament by virtue of being hosts, they are taking part in the qualifiers to earn some much-needed game time ahead of the showcase event.
Meanwhile, in Borg El-Arab, Egypt recorded the biggest win of this weekend so far with a 6-0 routing of Niger.
It was a dramatic outing with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah missing two penalties but still managed to record a brace.
Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny, Ayman Ashraf, Marwan Mohsen and Al Ahly's 20-year-old striker Salah Mohsen went on to contribute a goal each to help the Pharaohs pump half-a-dozen goals past a hapless Niger.
And his players duly delivered, although the Mexican has refused to get carried away by the emphatic victory.
“The players did not carry out all the instructions given. They were happy with this camp and this helped get a big win but we have to be careful as we may not be able to beat other opponents with such a big scoreline.
“They are all getting along well because they have a good relationship with each other. We’ve only been training for four days, we’ll be better after four years.”
It was also slow beginning for Zambia coach Sven Vandenbroeck who, like Seedorf, almost witnessed a disastrous start to his tenure as Chipolopolo coach.
A Justin Shonga stoppage time freekick saved the day for Zambia who had fallen behind courtesy of Benson Shilongo's goal for Namibia.
With the 2012 African champions having been stunned 1-0 at home by Mozambique in their opening match, they arrived in Windhoek looking for retribution.
But they remain stranded at the foot of Group K, but Vandenbroeck appears not to be too worried about dropping two points and remaining winless, describing the draw as a “fair result.”
“I think in the end the result is fair,” Vandenbroeck said in his post-match media address.
"In the first half we had some problems with the number 19 (Petrus Shitembi) just in the space behind our two midfielders we solved that at half time, I think in the second half we had better of the play, most of the ball possession and higher up the pitch. I think in the end the result is fair on a draw,” he expressed.