Cameroon, who are in Group G at the World Cup, will face Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Since their debut in 1982, they have made seven appearances in the competition, more than any other team in Africa.
The Qatar World Cup will be Cameroon’s eighth tournament and marks their return to the world stage after failing to qualify in Russia four years ago.
This time, Cameroon booked a World Cup place in dramatic fashion. They topped their first CAF group, beating Ivory Coast by two points after winning five of their six matches.
Cameroon then played a strong Algeria in the CAF playoffs, losing the first leg at home 1-0. In Algeria he won 1–0 and in extra time they looked destined to miss again, allowing his 118th-minute equalizer. Karl Toko Ekambi then became a national hero, deciding the most important winner in the 124th minute of the match.
Cameroon’s recent international squad included some names familiar to European football fans. A standout choice in midfield, captain Vincent Aboubakar has played top-class football in Portugal, Turkey and France.
Brentford’s French-born Brian Mbemo also recently changed nationality, earning his first cap for Cameroon in September.
Cameroon’s newest national team
Goalkeeper: Simon Napanduettomb (Marseille), Davis Epassy (Abha) and André Onana (Inter Milan).
Defender: Darling Yongwa (Lorient), Nicolas Nukur (Alice), Christopher Wu (Rennes), Oumar Gonzalez (Ajaccio), Nouhou Toro (Seattle Sounders), Olivier Mbaizo (Philadelphia Union), Collins Fai (Al Tai), Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Enzo Ebose (Udinese).
Midfielder: Olivier Ncham (Swansea City), Georges Manjek (Nea Salamis), Pierre Kunde (Olympiacos), Martin Hongla (Hellas Verona), Samuel Gue (Mechelen), Gael Ondua (Hannover 96) , Jean Onana (lens).
forward: Moumi Ngamaleu (Dynamo Moscow), Georges-Kevin Nkudu (Besiktas), Leandre Tawamba (Al Taaung), Vincent Abubakar (Al Nasr), Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon), Jean-Pierre Nsameh (Young Boys), Brian Nbeumo (Brentford).
Cameroon’s recent call-ups
Goalkeeper: Simon Omossola (Vita Club).
Defender: Michael Gadeu Gajouy (Ghent), Ambroise Oyongo (no attachment), Harold Mkoudi (AEK Athens), Jerome Ongene (Eintracht Frankfurt).
Midfielder: André Frank Anguissa (Napoli), Arnaud Joume (Dundee United) and James Rea Siriki (Estoril).
forward: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich), Christian Basogog (Shanghai Shenhua), Stefan Bahoken (Kasimpatha), Ignatius Ganago (lens).
Important dates for World Cup teams
Friday 21st October: Preliminary team list (35-55 players) to be submitted
Monday November 14th: Final list of players 23-26 to be submitted
Tuesday 15th November: FIFA officially announces all 32 teams
World Cup interim squad explained
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