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Cameroon World Cup squad guide, schedule and more for the 2022 tournament

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Cameroon were minutes away from evaporating their World Cup dreams as they contested their play-off against Algeria earlier this year. But with Karl Toko Ekambi’s spectacular last-minute winner, the Indomitable Lions carved out a place in Qatar on away goals.

Captained by former Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar, Cameroon finished third in their Africa Cup of Nations on home soil in early 2022, missing out on a place in the final on penalties against Egypt – another African side not present in the tournament. Qatar.

Although they didn’t qualify for Russia four years ago, they were grouped with Brazil in 2014, losing 4-1 in their last match after losing all three encounters – the other two to Mexico and Croatia.

They also disappointed in South Africa in 2010 but this year armed with powerful strikers and one of the most promising young keepers in the world in former Ajax player and current Inter Milan shot-stopper Andre Onana , Cameroon could surprise more than one during the Winter World Cup.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Group meetings(all GMT times)

Thursday November 24: Switzerland vs Cameroon – 10:00 a.m.

Monday November 28: Cameroon vs Serbia – 10:00 a.m.

Friday December 2: Cameroon vs Brazil – 7:00 p.m.

Confirmed squad

Guardians: Devis Epassy (Abha Club), Simon Ngapandouetnbu (Olympique de Marseille), Andre Onana (Inter Milan).

Defenders: Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Enzo Ebosse (Udinese), Collins Fai (Al Tai), Olivier Mbaizo (Philadelphia Union), Nicolas Nkoulou (Aris Salonique), Tolo Nouhou (Seattle Sounders), Christopher Wooh (Stade Rennes).

Midfielders: Martin Hongla (Verona), Pierre Kunde (Olympiakos), Olivier Ntcham (Swansea City), Gael Ondoua (Hanover 96), Samuel Oum Gouet (Mechelen), André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Napoli).

Attackers: Vincent Aboubakar (Al Nassr), Christian Bassogog (Shanghai Shenhua), Eric-Maxime Choupo Moting (Bayern Munich), Souaibou Marou (Coton Sport), Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford), Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys Bern), Jérôme Ngom ( Colombe Dja), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Besiktas), Jean-Pierre Nsame (Young Boys Bern), Karl Toko Ekambi (Olympique Lyonnais).

To monitor

Star – Karl Toko Ekambi: The reason Cameroon are in Qatar, the much-loved Lyon striker’s goal sparked jubilant scenes as Cameroon beat Algeria in their play-off. He has scored 12 goals in 50 games since making his debut in 2015 and netted five times in AFCON earlier this year. It will be his first World Cup.

Breakout Talent – Bryan Mbeumo: The Brentford striker – who has linked up so brilliantly with Ivan Toney since the Bees were promoted to the Premier League – represented France at youth level but switched allegiance to Cameroon, his father’s nation, in August. He made his debut in a friendly against Uzbekistan and could be effective for the Indomitable Lions in attack, whether starting or on the bench.

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Prediction

Behind Brazil, Cameroon will be looking to clinch second place in Group G, but alongside Serbia and Switzerland – who impressively topped qualifying groups involving Portugal and Italy respectively – the Indomitable Lions could well have your work cut out for you. Their recent history suggests they will also struggle – they haven’t progressed to the knockout stages since the 1990 side and Roger Milla’s famous goal-scoring celebration. Eliminated in the group stage.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org