WORLD CUP PREVIEW: Cameroon

WORLD CUP PREVIEW: Cameroon

COACH – Volker Finke
BEST SHOWING – Quarter Finals 1990
QUALIFICATION – Defeated Tunisia in the CAF Playoffs
TOURNAMENT ODDS – 1000/1 (Ladbrokes)
FIXTURES
June 13th – Mexico (1700 BST, Natal, ITV)
June 18th – Croatia (2300 BST, Manaus, ITV)
June 23rd – Brazil (1900 BST, Brasilia, ITV)

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Lady Luck smiled on Cameroon during the qualifying process – a 2-0 away loss in Togo was turned into a 3-0 Cameroon win after Togo had fielded an ineligible player. This wasn’t the only controversy for The Indomitable Lions as they were briefly suspended by FIFA due to government interference.

Things only got worse as Cameroon didn’t even qualify for the African Cup of Nations, suffering humiliating defeats at the hands of Gabon and DR Congo and a recent 5-1 capitulation to Portugal has hardly got the other teams in Group A trembling in fear.

Cameroon do have a little bit about them and, by African standards, they have a decent goalkeeper in Charles Itandje who has revitalised his career in Turkey after a forgettable spell at Liverpool as well as a good pair of centre backs in Nicholas N’Koulou and Aurelien Chedjou.

Finke favours a 4-3-3 formation and a lot of Cameroon’s play goes through Alex Song. This Cameroon side do lack creativity however and if they struggle to get it to Vincent Aboubakar or Samuel Eto’o they resort to hoofage.

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ONE TO WATCH

04 WORLD CUP N'KOULOUN’Koulou has spent the majority of his professional career in France after starting out at the Kadji Academy which also produced Samuel Eto’o.

Starting out at AS Monaco, N’Koulou transferred to Marseille in 2011 where he has twice made the Ligue Un team of the year.

He’s the pick of the Cameroon defenders and he’ll have his hands full against the other teams who possess their fair share of attacking talent. N’Koulou’s defensive performances will be key to any hopes Cameroon have of making the last 16.

HERE COMES D-JUDGE
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A lot of people have written Cameroon off and with good reason. They’re nowhere near the side that struck fear into England at Italia 90 and they’re not even amongst the top African sides nowadays.

Their qualification was uninspiring and they were awful in the African Nations qualifiers as well. Volker Finke will use 4-3-3 and hope his strong midfield can bully others and keep possession but they have very little in attack or up front to suggest they can hurt other sides.

Samuel Eto’o is coming off a season where for his standards he’s been positively goal-shy with his lowest tally since the 2001/02 season and to me their main hopes seem to be keep it tight and hope they can nick it.

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VERDICT

In most groups I’d predict Cameroon would struggle to qualify. With the hosts and two other decent nations they’ve got no chance. First round casualties.

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Danny Milla (D-Good)
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