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February 27, 2024

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Africa’s team with the most appearance at the FIFA World Cup, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will only attempt to make it out of the group stage for the second time this year in Qatar.

Previous Appearance

Cameroon has qualified for the World Cup seven times and will be making its eighth appearance this year in Qatar.

The team holds Africa’s joint-best record at the World Cup with a quarter-final finish at Italia 1990 with Senegal (2002), and Ghana (2010) the other teams to have reached the quarter-final.

Cameroon’s debut World Cup was at Espana 1982 in Spain where the team crashed out at the group stage with three points in Group 1 behind Poland and Italy as well as a point better than Peru.


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The 1986 World Cup in Mexico took place without Cameroon but the Lions returned in style in 1990 for its second appearance.

In Italia 1990, Cameroon became the first African side to make it to the quarter-final and even top a group with Romania, Argentina, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR).

The Indomitable Lions lost its quarter-final match 3-2 after extra time thanks to Gary Lineker’s penalty in the 105th minute.

The tournament was the only World Cup where Cameroon made it out of the group stage.

The Central African side has crashed out at the group stage of the 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, and 2014 World Cups.

Coach

For the first time in World Cup history, all African teams will be coached by African coaches at the Mundial.

Former Cameroon captain, Rigobert Song who was part of the glory days and the team’s dominant era on the continent in the early 2000s will lead his countrymen to the World Cup.

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Song during his playing days featured at four World Cups in 1994, 1998, 2022, and 2010 where the team failed to make it out of the group stage.

His first preoccupation is to guide Cameroon out of the group for the first time in 32 years.

Player

Top goal scorer at the last African Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Vincent Aboubakar, and Bayern Munich star, Eric Choupo Moting will be crucial to the Indomitable Lions’ quest to survive the challenge of Switzerland, Serbia, and Brazil in Group G.

Napoli midfielder, Andre Zambo Anguissa will have a lot to do if his team is to end its 32-year wait to make it out of the group stage.

What to expect

With a previous record at the World Cup, it will be another herculean task for Cameroon to qualify from the group with Brazil, Switzerland, and Serbia.

Expect another group stage ouster.

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