Our World Cup Fantasy team previews continue with a look at Cameroon, the Group G underdogs placed alongside Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia.
In these country-by-country guides, Fantsay Football Scout be looking at the best players from each nation, taking a stab at predicted line-ups, reviewing the road to Qatar and more.
Here, we profile Rigobert Song’s Indomitable Lions.
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THE ROAD TO QUALIFICATION
The eighth World Cup appearance of Cameroon is more than all other African nations and expectations back home are surprisingly high. All group matches ended in defeat at the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.
After overcoming a defeat to Ivory Coast to top Group D, a breathtaking period of extra time in Algeria secured their play-off success. Ahmed Touba seemed to give the hosts a dramatic 118th-minute win, only for Karl Toko Ekambi ($7.0m) to react with a goal deep into stoppage time.
Third round play-off: Cameroon 0-1 Algeria; Algeria 1-2 Cameroon
- Most starts: Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (8), Martin Hongla (8)
- Most goals: Karl Toko Ekambi (3), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (3)
- Most assists: Moumi Ngamaleu (3), Martin Hongla (2)
- Clean sheets: 4 from 8
MATCHES OF 2022
Third-placed came when hosting this year’s African Cup of Nations but it was concerning to see them lose without scoring in recent friendlies against South Korea and Uzbekistan. Last week’s draw with Jamaica was meant to allow fans to bid farewell to the squad but only three players are actually going to Qatar.
Coach Rigobert Song is their most-capped player of all time and played at four World Cups but there are doubts over his ability as a manager. It doesn’t help that they’re grouped with Serbia and Switzerland, as they haven’t tested themselves against a European nation since Germany in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
That clash with Korea was their only one of 2022 in which they faced a nation heading to Qatar: they lost to nil, didn’t have a single ‘big chance’ all game and recorded only 36.6% possession.
|9 January 2022||African Cup of Nations Group A||Cameroon||2-1||Burkina Faso|
|13 January 2022||African Cup of Nations Group A||Cameroon||4-1||Ethiopia|
|17 January 2022||African Cup of Nations Group A||Cameroon||1-1||Cape Verde|
|24 January 2022||African Cup of Nations R16||Cameroon||2-1||Comoros|
|29 January 2022||African Cup of Nations QF||Gambia||0-2||Cameroon|
|3 February 2022||African Cup of Nations SF||Cameroon||0-0 p||Egypt|
|5 February 2022||African Cup of Nations 3rd/4th playoff||Burkina Faso||3-3 p||Cameroon|
|25 March 2022||WC playoff||Cameroon||0-1||Algeria|
|29 March 2022||WC playoff||Algeria||1-2 (aet)||Cameroon|
|8 June 2022||African Cup of Nations qualifier||Burundi||0-1||Cameroon|
|23 September 2022||Friendly||Uzbekistan||2-0||Cameroon|
|27 September 2022||Friendly||South Korea||1-0||Cameroon|
|9 November 2022||Friendly||Cameroon||1-1||Jamaica|
|18 November 2022||Friendly||Cameroon||1-1||Panama|
MOST RECENT INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS
23/09/2022 – Uzbekistan 2-0 Cameroon
(3-4-3) Onana; Nkoulou, Tchato, Castelletto; Fai, Ntcham, Mandjeck, Nouhou; Mbeumo, Aboubakar, Ngamaleu
27/09/2022 – South Korea 1-0 Cameroon
(4-3-3) Onana; Fai, Nkoulou, Castelletto, Nouhou; Hongla, Ondoua, Oum Gouet; Mbeumo, Aboubakar, Ngamaleu
18/11/2022 – Cameroon 1-1 Panama (Choupo-Moting)
(4-3-3) Onana; Fai, Castelletto, Nkoulou, Nouhou; Hongla, Zambo-Anguissa, Ntcham; Mbeumo, Aboubakar, Toko Ekambi
HOW FAR WILL THEY GET?
The domestic optimism likely won’t last, with early elimination the likely reality. In fact, any points gained against their three opponents should be deemed a success.
The side has pace, which European opponents will not like to face in the Qatari heat. Furthermore, for all the squad’s quality and quantity problems, their spine is made up of players at top European clubs.
Andre Onana ($5.0m) is at Inter Milan, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa ($7.0m) is doing well at Napoli and former Stoke City man Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting ($7.5m) continues to tick along at Bayern Munich.
Nicolas Nkoulou ($4.5m) has ended a self-imposed five-year international exile and will play at centre-back but defence is still a weak point for the central African side. As is depth and Song’s lack of management experience.
THE KEY FANTASY TARGETS
Joint top-scorers during qualifying were Choupo-Moting and captain Vincent Aboubakar ($8.0m), who is on penalties, but they seem fairly overpriced in the game and the reality is that there’ll be very few takers in Fantasy circles.
They’re joined by some other talented attackers like Ekambi, Nicolas Ngamaleu ($5.5m) and Brentford forward Bryan Mbeumo ($7.0m), who is one of several newly-nationalised names recently brought into the mix by federation president Samuel Eto’o. Other arrivals include Georges-Kevin Nkoudou ($5.5m) and Olivier Ntcham ($5.0m).