Cameroon, 50th in the FIFA rankings, will look to pull off some upsets in a tough group A composed of home-country Brazil, Croatia, and Mexico. Coached by Volker Finke, Cameroon’s best result in the World Cup came in 1990 at Italy when they reached the quarter-finals. However, they have failed to get past the group stage since. This year’s club tends to be an inconsistent squad that will struggle with some of the talent featured from teams in their group. Cameroon showed in their World Cup Qualifying games that they truly are an inconsistent team despite recording 4-1-1 record in group play, which preceded a 4-1 playoff victory in 2 legs against Tunisia. They especially were fortunate when it was ruled Togo had played an ineligible player after defeating Cameroon 2-0. When the teams replayed the match, Cameroon came out on top with a 3-0 win.
Players to Watch For
Samuel Eto’o – In all honesty, the main guy who will be attracting the attention of competitors will be the striker from Chelsea. The 33-year-old forward is considered by many to be one of the most dangerous goal-scorers in the world. With Chelsea this year, he has put up 8 goals over 20 games while playing for the Premier League giant. Prior to his current stint with Chelsea, Eto’o spent time with various squads, including Barcelona, Anzhi Makhachkala, and Internazionale. If Cameroon is going to make something happen in June, it will largely depend on the form of their striker up top.
Jean Makoun – The midfielder from Rennes is considered by many to be a potential difference maker for Cameroon. He is a steady and experienced player that will look to keep an inconsistent squad in check while playing the likes of Brazil and Mexico. While playing in the top division in France with Rennes, he has been able to see plenty of strong competition in club play, which will help out as well.
Alexandre Song – Another midfielder, Song, currently plays with Barcelona. The former-Arsenal player has struggled to get consistent playing time and a starting position during his stay at Barca. Song is, however, a tough midfielder that is not afraid of any battle. This will be important to ensure Cameroon doesn’t get pushed around by tougher foes. While he is strong in midfield, he won’t provide much assistance to Eto’o in the goal-scoring department, which could ultimately be a disadvantage for the Cameroon squad.
Group Stage Games
June 13 vs. Mexico
June 18 vs. Croatia
June 23 vs. Brazil
Cameroon is not going to be a walk-over in the group stage. However, they are not an unbeatable force. They will look to play opposing team’s tough with a mentality to beat up their opponents on the pitch. Eto’o will be relied on as the primary scoring threat on a team short in the goal-scoring department. If they are able to pick up a win versus Mexico, they’ll stand a chance of getting past the group stage, but I don’t see them getting past this initial stage.