Cameroon will need a miracle to make it to the last-16 in Qatar.
The Indomitable Lions have struggled to make an impact in recent editions, with them failing to go beyond the group stage in each of the last five tournaments participated in.
The five-time African champions are still dreaming of emulating the memorable run of Roger Milla and company at Italy 1990. Back then Cameroon reached the quarter-finals and even led would-be semi-finalists England, but they will need to beat favourites Brazil in the final group stage game if they are to have any chance of that happening again.
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Latest Cameroon odds to win the World Cup
|Cameroon to win the World Cup||252/1|
|Cameroon to reach semi-final odds||25/1|
|Cameroon to reach quarter-final odds||10/1|
|Cameroon odds to win Group G||14/1|
|Vincent Aboubakar World Cup Golden Boot odds||150/1|
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It’s not a guarantee and will depend on who finishes where in Group H, but Cameroon could be a good fit for the quarter-finals if they can go against the odds get out of a very interesting group after coming back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against Serbia.
Cameroon route to the World Cup 2022 final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon||Al Janoub Stadium||24 November, 10am|
|Cameroon 3-3 Serbia||Al Janoub Stadium||28 November, 10am|
|Cameroon vs Brazil||Lusail Iconic Stadium||2 December, 7pm|
*All times GMT
As a result of their ranking of 37th in the world at the point of the World Cup group stage draw, Cameroon were placed in Pot 4 meaning they would be the underdogs in whichever group they were placed. And as it turns out, Rigobert Song’s men will be facing two European dark horses and the record champions, but Cameroon may still fancy their chances of making it through to the knockout stages.
Who could Cameroon meet in the knockout rounds?
If Cameroon overcome the odds and pip expected winner Brazil to top spot in Group G, there isn’t much of a reward. The winner of Group G takes on the runners-up of Group H, which includes Portugal, Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana. Then the likes of Spain, Argentina and France could stand between them and becoming the first ever African side to win the World Cup.
|If Cameroon win Group G||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Uruguay|
And if Cameroon finish second in Group G the route is perhaps even harder. Instead of Uruguay, they will likely face Portugal in the last 16 with 2018’s third-placed side Belgium among those waiting in the quarter-finals. Then, France and Argentina rear their heads again.
|If Cameroon come runners up in Group G||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Portugal|
Confirmed Cameroon World Cup 2022 squad
|Andre Onana||Goalkeeper||26||Inter Milan|
|Nouhou Tolo||Defender||25||Seattle Sounders|
|Olivier Mbaizo||Defender||25||Philadelphia Union|
|Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa||Midfielder||26||Napoli|
|Martin Hongla||Midfielder||24||Hellas Verona|
|Jerome Ngom Mbekeli||Midfielder||24||Colombe Sportive|
|Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting||Forward||33||Bayern Munich|
|Karl Toko Ekambi||Forward||30||Lyon|
|Christian Bassogog||Forward||27||Shanghai Shenhua|
|Moumi Ngamaleu||Forward||28||Dynamo Moscow|
|Jean-Pierre Nsame||Forward||29||Young Boys|
|Souaibou Marou||Forward||21||Coton Sport|
Cameroon players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Cameroon top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Vincent Aboubakar
When Cameroon hosted the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, they made it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to Egypt on penalties, and they had Vincent Aboubakar at the heart of their team. The striker scored scored twice in their first group game, added another two in the second and closed of the stage with one, putting him in a good stead for the Golden Boot. And Aboubakar wasn’t done there. He then scored in the last 16 and the third-placed play-off to take his total tally for the competition to eight, three more than any other player. His closest rival was teammate Karl Toko Ekambi on five, so it’s no surprise that Aboubakar is expected to lead the way for Cameroon at the World Cup.
Cameroon player to watch – Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
While Aboubakar was blowing the Africa Cup of Nations away, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was struggling as his strike partner and ended the tournament without a goal – missing the final three matches. But he certainly goes into the World Cup as the Cameroonian in form. Making sure Bayern Munich have not missed Robert Lewandowski, Choupo-Moting has scored 11 goals in 16 games across all competitions at an average of 1.16 per 90 minutes. He also goes into the World Cup having scored in eight of his past nine matches for Bayern Munich including strikes against Barcelona and Inter Milan in the Champions League.
Cameroon emerging player to look out for – Bryan Mbeumo
Cameroon do have a couple of young players in their squad at the World Cup, and Bryan Mbeumo will want to count himself among those at 23. The Brentford man has only played two games for Cameroon having represented France at youth level, but is expected to form part of the Indomitable Lions’ attack at the World Cup. Mbeumo hasn’t been enjoying himself in the Premier League as much as he did last season with just three goals and one assist so far, but he can cause opposition defences danger when on top of his game.
Cameroon tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Cameroon often switched between a 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, though the former is more of their default set up. However, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting being tough to ignore, Song may have to innovate. This could be by going back to the 4-4-2 or by playing the Bayern man out wide to tuck inside, with Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa carrying the ball up the pitch from midfield.
Things are a lot more certain in defence with the back four of, Collins Fai, Nicolas Nkoulou, Jean-Charles Castelletto and Nouhou Tolo expected to be the starters unless injury breaks them up, however, Cameroon now have problems in goal.
After a row with head-coach Rigobert Song, first-choice keeper Andre Onana was dropped for the 3-3 draw against Serbia, with his place in the squad now coming into question.
Song said “Andre has now been left out for disciplinary reasons. I think we needed to make that decision. It was something that had to happen and maybe it was the trigger we needed for this performance.
“In a squad you need to see discipline and if you can’t fit in with that discipline, with what’s required to be part of a squad, then you need to accept responsibility for that. We don’t question his ability – he plays for one of the top teams in Europe – but you need to ensure the team takes precedence over the individual. At the moment I’ve asked him to wait and we will see if he is going to stay with us. It’s up to him. The squad is more important than the interests of the individual.”
Where are Cameroon in the Fifa world rankings?
Cameroon have actually dropped from their world rankings at the time of the World Cup draw, now down in 43rd sandwiched by Norway and Ecuador.
Who is the Cameroon manager?
Rigobert Song is the Cameroon manager and has been in charge since February 2022, replacing Toni Conceicao following the Africa Cup of Nations.
Who is the current Cameroon captain?
As well as being the top scorer of the squad, Vincent Aboubakar is also Cameroon captain.
How many times have Cameroon won the World Cup?
Cameroon have never won the World Cup, with their best finish coming in the form of a quarter-final exit in 1990.
How many times have Cameroon competed in the World Cup?
This will be Cameroon’s eighth appearance at the World Cup and first since 2014.
Who has scored Cameroon most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Roger Milla scored five World Cup goals for Cameroon including four at Italia 90 to help them reach the quarter-finals.
Which player from Cameroon has the most World Cup appearances?
Francois Omam-Biyik has made more appearances for Cameroon at World Cups than any other player, with 11 split across 1990, 1994 and 1998.