World Cup 2022: will Cameroon repeat the unattainable?

It will actually have to tug out all of the stops to qualify for the second spherical, however, after we see how the Indomitable Lions certified for the World Cup, with the previous African champions, Algeria, it isn’t not unreasonable to dream. Certainly, given because the chief outsiders of this group G, Cameroonian gamers may benefit from the expertise and maybe even the baraka of the president of the Cameroonian Soccer Federation (Fecafoot), Samuel Eto’o, and that of his coach, the legendary Rigobert Music, to sublimate himself and create shock. However the warnings abound.

Responsibility of Vigilance for Indomitable Lions

The African tour carried out by Brazil (3-0 and 5-1 victories in opposition to Tunisia and Ghana) throughout the worldwide break in September had just one goal: to organize in addition to doable for the match in opposition to the Indomitable Lions on the Qatar World Cup. The Seleçao, which has been chasing its sixth star for twenty years, takes no element frivolously and needs to mark the entry level to get this title which is lacking from the technology of Neymar and firm.

Switzerland, quarter-finalist on the Euro and on an upward slope for a number of years, lately defeated Spain (1-2) in a match counting for the League of Nations.

Serbia, potential large shock of this World Cup, guided by its striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, appears extra oiled and extra united than ever and has a string of excellent performances. So, naturally, the 2-0 loss to Uzbekistan and the opposite 1-0 to South Korea on a aim by Tottenham star Heung-min Son may elevate questions from most people after the window of September worldwide matches.

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Eto’o, Milla: the primary supporters of the Indomitable Lions

Nonetheless, nothing to fret in regards to the president of Fecafoot Samuel Eto’o, who organizes the block round his group. ” The defeat ? It is not a very powerful factor for us. What we needed to see, we noticed. It was way more the response of the group. And, for the primary time, I needed to see the Cameroon group lose, understanding that we now have our goal which is to depart the competitors on December 18 in Doha. [jour de la finale du Mondial, NDLR]. Once I discuss leaving the competitors on the 18th, it signifies that we don’t lose sight of our goal. As a result of it’s doable. However, to attain it, clearly, you need to see how the group reacts to difficulties. We did not have a lot time to see that band and, as I mentioned within the locker room, I congratulate that band as a result of I noticed constructive reactions. While you wish to dwell collectively, the group needs to be humanly good. »

Similar story from the legendary Roger Milla, for whom no conclusion is to be drawn on the outcomes of the preparation matches: “Don’t decide Music or Samuel Eto’o. Cameroon is aware of who will begin and who will change. We do not have to show our sport system or our greatest gamers. Germany despatched their substitute group to play in a pleasant match with Cameroon, we had completed 2-2. In the course of the World Cup (2014), that very same Germany took out their sort group and also you noticed 7-1 in opposition to Brazil. Preparation matches are usually not the fact of the World Cup. It is only a reset. Whoever reveals all his soccer earlier than the intense issues could remorse when the time comes. This is a chance to check new gamers to see if they do not have the advanced of footballers of various colours. Solely detractors criticize this type of defeats. »

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Ngadeu, absent from the World Cup

That mentioned, the September window was marked by the return of the winners of CAN 2017: Nicolas Nkoulou (former OM defender) and Georges Mandjeck (former Rennes midfielder, now in Famagusta), withdrawn from the choice since 2017 and 2019.

To those names have been added these of many new gamers, reminiscent of Bryan Mbeumo (winger, Brentford), former Marseillais Kevin Nkoudou (winger, Besiktas), Olivier Ntcham (midfielder, Swansea), Jean Onana (midfielder, RC Lens), defenders Enzo Bosse (Udinese), Christopher Wooh (Rennes), Enzo Tchato (son of former worldwide Invoice Tchato, enjoying in Montpellier) and even Darlin Yongwa (left rear of Lorient).

Amongst them, Nkoulou, Mbeumo, Nkoudou, Ntcham, Bosse and Wooh are on the ultimate listing that may make the journey to Qatar.

Whereas these gamers add to a spine that emerged throughout the CAN, to everybody’s shock, the large absentee from this listing is the central defender of Gantoise, Michael Ngadeu, African champion in 2017, framework of the choice since 2016, and even captain of the choice on a number of events. Holder nonetheless on the CAN, he was nonetheless important throughout the play-offs of the World Cup in opposition to Algeria, and even decisive passer for the aim of the qualification for the World Cup signed Toko Ekambi.

As well as, this non-selection is just not justified by a scarcity of membership enjoying time, given that he’s important on the facet of Gantoise. We are able to subsequently surprise. His expertise was essential ready the place Ebosse and Wooh are comparatively new, whereas Nkoulou is not essentially on the degree he displayed within the 2010s. Having made his mark to the purpose of changing into a starter because the CAN, Nantes Jean -Charles Castelletto has the chance to naturally grow to be the chief of the Cameroonian protection.

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What chemistry for the Indomitable Lions?

This massive inflow of recent gamers, vital additions on a qualitative degree, raises the query of group chemistry. Having just one preparation match earlier than the World Cup, the power to combine into the sport venture might be essential for Rigobert Music. Spared in September, Choupo-Moting, who’s changing into an increasing number of necessary at Bayern Munich, and the previous Marseille participant Zambo Anguissa, writer of an excellent begin to the season on the facet of Naples, might be there. Typically criticized, the latter nonetheless stays a vital participant for the midfield of the Cameroonian choice as expectations are excessive round him.

Lastly, surprises from the chef, Rigobert Music needed to focus on home soccer, which has regained widespread enthusiasm since final season, by together with two gamers enjoying within the nation. On this case, Souaibou Marou, Coton Sport striker, elected Cameroonian Ballon d’Or 2022, awarded finest participant enjoying within the nation, and Jérôme Ngom, 24-year-old winger enjoying in Apejes. Returning to his coaching membership after experiences within the Czech Republic and the USA, he caught the attention of the coach throughout the regrouping of current days. Paid selection, subsequently.

It needs to be famous that there are 13 gamers educated within the nation, together with 4 from the seventeen-time champion membership of Cameroon: Coton Sport, represented by Aboubakar, Zambo Anguissa, Marou and Ngamaleu (who accomplished his coaching there).

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Will the idea of hazard make a distinction?

With 5 video games, two wins, three losses, Rigobert Music’s stability sheet might not be flattering, however the competitors is the one vital indicator on which conclusions will be drawn. For Samuel Eto’o, there aren’t any limits to be set, fairly the opposite: “I imagine that, to win the World Cup, you could not be monsters or extraterrestrials. It takes good preparation, a robust mentality and a pinch of insanity. I at all times take Inter Milan for instance: no one in the beginning of the 2009-2010 season thought we may win the Champions League and Mourinho did one thing loopy, with a bunch of males and warriors. I would really like one thing like that for Cameroon too. »

Naturally, in relation to the World Cup and bearing in mind the adversity that Cameroon will face from the beginning, this sense of urgency is so as. “When you recognize you might be at risk, you might be not at risk! It is when you do not know you are at risk that you simply’re at risk. Rigobert Music’s well-known quote couldn’t be extra true on the eve of the World Cup and a siege mentality is crucial to boost the extent of necessities of Vincent Aboubakar’s teammates with a view to method the competitors with out complexes and to have the ability to thwart all predictions, as Cameroon had completed in 1982 and 1990.

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