With nationwide legend Samuel Eto’o presiding as federation president, the Indomitable Lions booked their ticket to the World Cup in beautiful style in March by upsetting Algeria. Trailing 2–1 on mixture within the second leg of the World Cup qualifying playoff, Karl Toko Ekambi scored within the fourth minute of stoppage time in extra-time to punch his nation’s World Cup ticket on away objectives. Whereas there may be loads to argue about how Cameroon arrived, it’ll look to make its mark in a gaggle the place most have it pegged to complete final.
After the nation completed third within the African Cup of Nations it hosted final winter, Cameroon dismissed Toni Conceição and introduced in soccer legend Rigobert Music for the qualifying playoff. Music, the uncle of former nationwide crew midfielder Alex Music, bought the job carried out regardless of his teaching expertise being restricted to only the Cameroon nationwide crew youth setup. A former Liverpool and West Ham defender, the 46-year-old is Cameroon’s all-time appearances chief with 137 caps and performed in 4 World Cups.
However apart from the World Cup playoff triumph, Cameroon has struggled below Music with 4 losses in seven matches up to now. One of the crucial regarding points is that Cameroon has been shut out in 5 of its final 9 video games regardless of its high gamers principally coming on the ahead place. The Indomitable Lions will arrive with some top-level expertise unfold round Europe, resembling Napoli midfielder André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Inter Milan goalkeeper André Onana and Bayern Munich ahead Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. However a large problem awaits in Qatar.
Group G Schedule (all occasions Jap)
– Switzerland, Nov. 25, 5 a.m.
– Serbia, Nov. 28, 5 a.m.
– Brazil, Dec. 2, 2 pm
Rigobert Musicemployed in February 2022
Gamers to Watch
Vincent Aboubakar, ahead
The 30-year-old striker has been scoring objectives from Cameroon for greater than a decade. Aboubakar’s 33 profession worldwide objectives for Cameroon is just surpassed by African soccer royalty in Eto’o and Roger Milla. Aboubakar, who performs for Saudi Arabian aspect Al Nassr, made his greatest mark on the worldwide stage on the African Cup of Nations final winter. The ahead scored eight of the nation’s 14 objectives within the event, profitable the golden boot and serving to lead the host to a third-place end. Aboubakar brings loads of expertise, and a ruthless nostril for objective, to Qatar, the place he will likely be counted upon as Cameroon’s greatest hope.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, ahead
Cameron’s star energy lies in its forwards, who complement one another completely. Whereas Aboubakar leads the road and holds up play, Choupo-Moting is given house to make use of his creativity from him on the wing or pair up as one other central ahead to offer the protection matches. After two years with Paris Saint-Germain, Choupo-Moting is having fun with the beginning of his third season at Bayern Munich with 10 objectives in all competitions, serving to fill the hole left by Robert Lewandowski’s exit from him. He might want to proceed that type and add to his whole of 18 worldwide objectives for Cameroon to face an opportunity.
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, midfielder
After making 30 appearances whereas on mortgage from Fulham final season, Napoli made Zambo Anguissa’s mortgage everlasting forward of this 12 months—and it has certain paid off. Zambo Anguissa fills all the holes in defensive midfield for Napoli, which solely suffered its first lack of the season earlier this month in opposition to Liverpool. The 26-year-old is extraordinarily good at holding the ball below strain and he’s a firewall recognized for stopping opposing assaults early together with his means to press. It will not take lengthy to note Zambo Anguissa—he may be seen all throughout the pitch and has the stamina and work price to final.
Bryan Mbeumo, winger
Cameroon welcomed the arrival of the Brentford winger when he introduced his swap from France to Cameroon in August. The 23-year-old got here up by way of the French youth system earlier than switching allegiances to his father’s dwelling nation and now ought to bolster the aspect’s assault simply in time for Qatar. In his first season within the Premier League, Mbeumo logged 4 league objectives, and he has already scored a pair extra this season. Mbeumo also can play at wingback, offering Music with an alternative choice and a few tactical flexibility if wanted.
World Cup Historical past
– Eighth look
– Final look: 2014 (Group stage)
– Greatest end: Quarterfinals in 1990
Outlook and Expectations
In 1990, Cameroon turned the primary African crew to make the quarterfinals of the World Cup—it has performed in all however two World Cups since. However even only a win at this World Cup could be a large accomplishment, not to mention making the knockout stage. A lot of the crew’s fortunes appears to be like to fall within the fingers of its proficient forwards, however its protection will are available as one of many weakest within the event whereas Zambo Anguissa will likely be left to take care of the robust midfields and assaults of Brazil, Switzerland and Serbian.
Cameroon misplaced to Brazil within the 2014 World Cup once they shared a gaggle, and that 4–1 scoreline may very properly be repeated in Qatar. The Indomitable Lions’ greatest hope is to take factors from video games in opposition to Switzerland and Serbia and hope that Brazil is already by way of by the point they meet within the group finale. Cameroon has gained just one recreation on the World Cup since 1990 (in 2002 in opposition to Saudi Arabia), and its actual objective needs to be to attempt to finish that 20-year winless streak (0-7-0) in Qatar. Something after that might be a large bonus.
World Cup Squad
GOAL KEEPERS: Devis Epassy (Abha), Andre Onana (Inter Milan), Simon Ngapandouetnbu (Marseille)
DEFENDERS: Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Enzo Ebosse (Udinese), Collins Fai (Al-Tai), Olivier Mbaizo (Philadelphia Union), Nicolas Nkoulou (Aris), Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders), Christopher Wooh (Rennes)
MIDFIELDERS: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Napoli), Samuel Gouet (Mechelen), Martin Hongla (Hellas Verona), Pierre Kunde (Olympiacos), Jerome Ngom (Colombe Dja), Olivier Ntcham (Swansea Metropolis), Gael Ondoua (Hannover 96)
FORWARDS: Vincent Aboubakar (Al-Nassr), Christian Bassogog (Shanghai Shenhua), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich), Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon), Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford), Moumi Ngamaleu (Dynamo Moscow), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Besiktas), Jean-Pierre Nsame (Younger Boys), Marou Souaibou (Coton Sport)
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