2022 FIFA World Cup Team Previews: Cameroon
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is less than a month away from kicking off in Qatar. Over the next 32 days, I will be previewing each team that will be taking part in the world’s most-watched event. Check out all of the team previews that have been done so far. Up next is Cameroon.
Following a third-place finish at the 2021 African Cup of Nations as hosts, Cameroon has struggled immensely since. “The Indomitable Lions” have won just two matches since the end of the 2021 AFCON in February. However, one of those wins sent Cameroon to the 2022 World Cup.
After losing the first leg of the CAF playoffs against Algeria 1-0 at home, Cameroon bounced back and beat Algeria 2-1 in Algeria to advance on aggregate due to more away goals scored. The 2-1 victory was one for the dramatic with Algeria tying the match 1-1 in the 118th minute before Karl Toko Ekambi won the match with a goal in the 124th minute.
Ranked as the 41st team in the FIFA men’s rankings, “The Indomitable Lions” will have their work cut out for them in Group G.
World Cup Appearances
Cameroon has made the most World Cup appearances of any African nation. The 2022 World Cup will be the eighth edition that has included “The Indomitable Lions” since they first debuted in 1982. By qualifying for the 1982 World Cup, Cameroon became the fifth-ever African team to appear at a World Cup through 12 tournaments.
Best Finish at a World Cup
Six of the seven previous World Cup appearances for Cameroon ended in the group stage. The only time that the nation did get out of the group stage was at the 1990 World Cup where they made it to the quarterfinals.
At that World Cup, “The Indomitable Lions” won their group ahead of defending champions Argentina. The match with Argentina was one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history as Cameroon won 1-0 despite finishing the match with just nine players. In the Round of 16, they beat Colombia 2-1 in extra time, before losing 3-2 to England after extra time in the quarterfinals. Cameroon became the first African nation to make it to a World Cup quarterfinal that year.
The star and captain of Cameroon is forward Vincent Aboubakar. Aboubakar leads “The Indomitable Lions” in goals with 33 while also being the current team’s most-capped player with 88 appearances. At the 2021 AFCON, Aboubakar won the golden boot with eight goals.
Cameroon’s attack will revolve around Aboubakar, but he will have help from Lyon forward and qualifying playoff hero Toko Ekambi. This season for Lyon, Ekambi has scored four goals in 15 matches. Another forward playing in his best form is Bayern Munich forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. In 10 matches for Bayern, Choupo-Moting has scored six goals and will look to keep his form going for Cameroon at the 2022 World Cup.
Cameroon’s midfield will be controlled by one of the nation’s rising stars in André-Frank Zambo Anguissa. After bouncing around on loan from Fulham, Zambo Anguissa found his place at Napoli. This season he has been crucial in helping Napoli sit atop the Serie A table and advance to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage. In five UCL matches, Anguissa has one goal and three assists.
After the 2021 AFCON Cameroon made a managerial change and brought in Rigobert Song. Before becoming the manager of the senior team, Song managed “The Indomitable Lions” at the U23 level. Song was one of the best players in Cameroon’s history and is the most-capped player for Cameroon. He appeared in 137 matches for “The Indomitable Lions” nearly 20 more than the next most-capped player.
Biggest Group Game – vs. Switzerland on Nov. 24
The first match of the 2022 World Cup will be the biggest and most telling for Cameroon. Their opening match against Switzerland will tell us if “The Indomitable Lions” are going to have a Cinderella tournament or if they will be three matches and done.
Anything less than three losses at the 2022 World Cup would be good for Cameroon, especially in a tough Group G with Brazil, Serbia, and Switzerland. However, I do not see them getting anything but that. For the third time in their last three World Cups, “The Indomitable Lions” will head home from the 2022 FIFA World Cup without a point and last place in their group.
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