Calendar (French time) in group G
November 24: Switzerland-Cameroon, at Al-Janoub Stadium (11 a.m., BeIN Sports 1)
November 28: Cameroon-Serbia, at Al-Janoub Stadium (11 a.m., BeIN Sports 1)
December 2: Cameroon-Brazil, at the Lusail stadium (8 p.m., TF1 and BeIN Sports 1)
Their nickname: the indomitable Lions. Sources diverge, but the origin of this nickname dates back to the 1972 African Cup of Nations, organized and lost by Cameroon, which finished third behind Congo and Mali. It was the late Félix Tonye Mbog, Minister of Sports at the time, who would have designated the national team for the first time.
The group of 26:
Guardians : André Onana, Devis Epassy, Simon Ngapandouetnbu.
Defenders : Collins Fai, Nicolas Nkoulou, Enzo Ebosse, Olivier Mbaizo, Tolo Nouhou, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Christopher Wooh.
Midfielders: Samuel Oum Gouet, Martin Hongla, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Pierre Kunde Malong, Olivier Ntcham, Gaël Ondoua.
Forwards: Vincent Aboubakar, Bryan Mbeumo, Jean-Pierre Nsame, Georges-Kévin Nkoudou, Moumi Ngamaleu, Karl Toko-Ekambi, Christian Bassogog, Souaibou Marou, Jerome Ngom, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Better Qatar than ever. This will be the ninth participation of the Indomitable Lions in a final phase of a World Cup, a record for an African team. Cameroon clinched their place in the World Cup thanks to a goal from Lyonnais Karl Toko-Ekambi in extra time against Algeria in the return play-off at the end of March.
Their best performance? The quarter-finals, in 1990, in Italy. This epic, embodied by Roger Milla, marked the history of the World Cup. In the opening match, Cameroon beat defending champion Diego Maradona’s Argentina and led in the quarter-finals against the English. Since then, the Cameroonians have been eliminated each time in the first round.
Coach: Rigobert Song, 46 years. Former pillar of the Cameroonian defense, he was appointed in February to the position of coach by the president of the federation, the former star scorer of Barça, Samuel Eto’o. Song has played in four World Cups as a player. He honed his skills as a technician on the bench for the U23 selection. He suffered a stroke in 2016.
Summary note from the cabinet Le Monde
The strong points. Semi-finalists of the 2022 African Cup of Nations, Cameroon is a well-organized team, difficult to maneuver. Coach Rigobert Song set up an effective flat 4-4-2. He relies on André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Samuel Oum Gouet to recover the balls. Karl Toko-Ekambi and Moumi Ngamaleu are responsible for supplying forwards Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Not very glamorous, but solid, like the rough defender that was Rigobert Song.
The weak spots. Since the retirement of Samuel Eto’o, the team no longer has a big star and is sometimes sterile on the offensive level. In a warm-up match, they lost 1-0 to South Korea in Seoul on September 27. The popular pressure on the shoulders of the Indomitable Lions can also serve them. Since 1970, no coach has completed a term of more than three years on the Lions bench.
The rating of the firm (out of 5): 2.5
“We will go to the World Cup not to play extras but to play the seven possible matches and bring the trophy home”, declared Samuel Eto’o, elected in December president of the Cameroonian Football Federation. Behind Brazil, big favourite, the Cameroonians start with a delay on Switzerland for the second qualifying place of the group, but the Indomitable Lions will not come as expiatory victims.
Keep an eye on him:
At 26, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, the former OM midfielder (2016-2018), will play his first World Cup (42 caps, 5 goals). Since the start of the season, he has stood out in Naples, far from the mockery of his visit to Marseille during his young years. The Italian sports daily The Gazzetta dello Sport even headlined recently “Welcome to Zamboland”, that is to say !
A powerful player with impressive physical abilities, he progressed technically and became a true leader. Not only does he recover many balls, but he is able to project himself forward and score goals. A profile that Cameroon will need to pass the first round.
Imagine Arsene… that in 1982, during the Spanish World Cup, Cameroon was eliminated without losing a single match. The Indomitable Lions, of which it was the first World Cup, seemed condemned to the last place of their pool. After two draws (0-0) against Peru and Poland, the Cameroonians, trained by Frenchman Jean Vincent and carried by striker Roger Milla, snatched a third draw (1-1) against Italy, and did not were decided with the Azzurri, future winners of the competition, only on the number of goals scored.
If you have decided to boycott…
You can visit Mount Cameroon, the highest peak in the country with its 4,040 meters of altitude? Change of scenery guaranteed and thermal shock assured: in the same day, the ascent will take you from thick equatorial forests to immense subalpine meadows. You might also experience “bush hip-hop,” a fusion of urban sounds and traditional instruments. Released in 2009, the piece My People, from the album The Valley of the Kings from the Negrissim’ groupis one of the most remarkable hits of this musical current born in Yaoundé.