World Cup 2022: will Cameroon repeat the unattainable?


It will actually have to drag out all of the stops to qualify for the second spherical, however, once 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 gain advantage 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 towards Tunisia and Ghana) throughout the worldwide break in September had just one goal: to organize in addition to potential for the match towards the Indomitable Lions on the Qatar World Cup. The Seleçao, which has been chasing its sixth star for twenty years, takes no element calmly and needs to mark the entry level to get this title which is lacking from the era of Neymar and firm.

Switzerland, quarter-finalist on the Euro and on an upward slope for a number of years, just 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 superb 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

Nevertheless, nothing to fret in regards to the president of Fecafoot Samuel Eto’o, who organizes the block round his crew. ” The defeat ? It is not crucial factor for us. What we wished to see, we noticed. It was rather more the response of the crew. And, for the primary time, I wished to see the Cameroon crew lose, figuring out that we’ve got our goal which is to go away the competitors on December 18 in Doha. [jour de la finale du Mondial, NDLR]. Once I speak about leaving the competitors on the 18th, it signifies that we don’t lose sight of our goal. As a result of it’s potential. However, to realize 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 need to dwell collectively, the group needs to be humanly good. »

Identical story from the legendary Roger Milla, for whom no conclusion is to be drawn on the outcomes of the preparation matches: “Don’t choose Music or Samuel Eto’o. Cameroon is aware of who will begin and who will exchange. We do not have to reveal our recreation system or our greatest gamers. Germany despatched their substitute crew to play in a pleasant match with Cameroon, we had performed 2-2. Throughout the World Cup (2014), that very same Germany took out their kind crew and also you noticed 7-1 towards Brazil. Preparation matches should 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, equivalent to 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, taking part in in Montpellier) and even Darlin Yongwa (left rear of Lorient).

Amongst them, Nkoulou, Mbeumo, Nkoudou, Ntcham, Bosse and Wooh are on the ultimate record that can 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 record 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 towards Algeria, and even decisive passer for the aim of the qualification for the World Cup signed Toko Ekambi.

As well as, this non-selection will not be justified by an absence of membership taking part in time, given that he’s important on the aspect of Gantoise. We will due to this fact marvel. His expertise was essential able 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 turning 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 huge inflow of latest gamers, important additions on a qualitative degree, raises the query of crew chemistry. Having just one preparation match earlier than the World Cup, the flexibility to combine into the sport mission shall be essential for Rigobert Music. Spared in September, Choupo-Moting, who’s turning into increasingly vital at Bayern Munich, and the previous Marseille participant Zambo Anguissa, writer of an excellent begin to the season on the aspect of Naples, shall be there. Usually 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 wished to focus on home soccer, which has regained common enthusiasm since final season, by together with two gamers taking part in within the nation. On this case, Souaibou Marou, Coton Sport striker, elected Cameroonian Ballon d’Or 2022, awarded finest participant taking part in within the nation, and Jérôme Ngom, 24-year-old winger taking part in in Apejes. Returning to his coaching membership after experiences within the Czech Republic and the US, he caught the attention of the coach throughout the regrouping of current days. Paid alternative, due to this fact.

It must be famous that there are 13 gamers skilled 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 speculation 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 important indicator on which conclusions will be drawn. For Samuel Eto’o, there are not any limits to be set, fairly the opposite: “I consider that, to win the World Cup, you have to 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 at the beginning of the 2009-2010 season thought we may win the Champions League and Mourinho did one thing loopy, with a gaggle of males and warriors. I would love one thing like that for Cameroon too. »

Naturally, on the subject of the World Cup and taking into consideration the adversity that Cameroon will face from the beginning, this sense of urgency is so as. “When you already know you’re at risk, you’re not at risk! It is when you do not know you are at risk that you just’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 purpose to strategy the competitors with out complexes and to have the ability to thwart all predictions, as Cameroon had performed in 1982 and 1990.


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