The Indomitable Lions were unlucky in the draw as they inherited Brazil as well as two strong European nations, Switzerland and Serbia. Cameroon are not an easy team to move. But it should be difficult for the African country to progress to the next phase of the tournament from this group. At most, Cameroon can hope to reach the round of 16 but we don’t see that happening.
Cameroon has participated in 8 World Cup final phases (1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2022), a record for an African nation. The Lions are one of only three teams on the continent to have reached the quarter-finals of the competition (1990) along with Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) but Cameroon is the first team to have achieved this performance.
The World Cup Qualification Campaign:
Cameroon kept their first place by a short lead but resisted in spite of the Ivorian threat. With 5 wins and 1 loss in 6 games in a group including Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Malawi, the Indomitable Lions have fulfilled their part of the contract. In the playoffs, the Cameroonians faced Algeria and after losing at home (0-1), they managed to qualify in the last second of the extra time of the second leg thanks to Karl Toko-Ekambi (1-2).
Rigobert Song has built a very balanced and coherent squad. Offensively, Cameroon are not short of assets with Vincent Aboubakar, Karl Toko-Ekambi, Eric Choupo-Moting and Ignatius Ganago. Defensively, the team has a number of players who are well-known in the French league: Moukoudi (ASSE), Castelletto (Nantes) and Oyongo (Montpellier).
Cameroon’s Key Players:
- André Onana (26). The Cameroonian goalkeeper, who is back after several months of suspension, has a wealth of experience, particularly in the Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam, and this can only be good for his side.
- Vincent Aboubakar (30). The star of the Cameroon attack has the appetite of a lion. With nearly 40 goals for the national team, he doesn’t need fifty chances a game to find the back of the net and his warrior mentality can only be good for the whole squad.
- Andre Zambo Anguissa (26). The midfielder has improved enormously since his departure from France, to the point where he is one of the most reliable players you can put on a team sheet.