A look at the country’s demographics, football history and its squad status prior to the Qatar World Cup 2022.
Number of inhabitants: approx. 27.2 million.
National Football Association: FCF
Number of members: unknown (?% of total population)
International trophies won: 5x Africa Cup of Nations
Best World Cup result: Quarter-finals in 1990
In the past: Eto’o, Milla, Song, Omam-Biyik, Geremi.
Key current players: André Zambo-Anguissa, Bryan Mbeumo, Karl Toko Ekambi, André Onana, Vincent Aboubakar.
Coach, formation and possible lineup
Coach: Rigobert Song. (since 2022)
Typical formation: 4-4-2 defensive or 4-3-3 attacking
- GK: André Onana (Inter)
- LCB: Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes)
- RCB: Michael Ngadeu (Gent)
- LB: Nouhou (Seattle Sounders)
- RB: Collins Fai (Al-Tai)
- CM: André Zambo Anguissa (Napoli)
- CM: Martin Hongla (Hellas Verona)
- LW: Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon)
- RW: Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford)
- ST: Vincent Aboubakar (Al-Nassr)
- ST: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern)
Players aged 25 or under in the current lineup: 3
Players aged 32 or over in the current lineup: 1
There is 1 player in this lineup that will (most likely) be playing his last World Cup this year: Choupo-Moting.
There are 3 players in this lineup that can play at least two more: Mbeumo, Hongla and Nouhou.
The remaining 7 players could play in one or in some cases two more World Cups.
Youngest player: Bryan Mbeumo, born 7 August 1999 (23)
Oldest player: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, born 23 March 1989 (33)
Average squad age: 27.7
World Cup Qatar – Group G
Thursday 24 November Switzerland vs Cameroon
Monday 28 November Cameroon vs Serbia
Friday 2 December Cameroon vs Brazil
Playing a 4-4-2 with two defensive central midfielders, Cameroon is tough to score against. When they in turn face an opponent with a defensive play-style though, they have great difficulty scoring themselves. Considering their opponents for the group stage in the upcoming World Cup (Switzerland, Serbia, Brazil) I expect Cameroon to have great difficulty scoring against Switzerland and Serbia, while the final match against Brazil might be their time to shine.
My prediction is that there will be draws in the matches between Switzerland, Serbia and Cameroon. If Brazil should win against their first two opponents, they will be inclined to play their reserves in the last game. Of which Cameroon could very well profit. If not, it will be an early exit out of the World Cup.