Cameroon World Cup squad: News and analysis ahead of Qatar 2022 team announcement

Cameroon were drawn in Group G at the World Cup and will face Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. They have played in the tournament more than any other African team, appearing seven times since their debut in 1982.

The Qatar World Cup will be Cameroon’s eighth such competition and marks a return to the world stage after missing out on a place in Russia four years ago.

This time around, Cameroon booked their World Cup spot in spectacular fashion. They came top of their initial CAF group, finishing two points ahead of Ivory Coast after winning five of their six matches.

Cameroon then faced a strong Algerian side in their CAF play-off and lost the first leg 1-0 at home. Winning 1-0 in Algeria and with the game in extra time, they conceded an equalizer in the 118th minute and looked destined to miss again. Karl Toko Ekambi then became the nation’s hero, scoring the most important winner in the 124th minute of the game.

Cameroon’s most recent international squad contained several names that fans of European football will be familiar with. Inter Milan’s Andre Onana is their No.1 keeper, Napoli’s Andre-Frank Anguissa is a standout midfield option and captain Vincent Aboubakar has played top-flight football in Portugal, Turkey and France.

French-born Bryan Mbeumo from Brentford also recently changed nationality, picking up his first Cameroonian cap in September.

Cameroon’s newest international team

Guardians: Simon Ngapandouetnbu (Marseille), Devis Epassy (Abha), André Onana (Inter Milan).

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

Midfielders: Olivier Ntcham (Swansea City), Georges Mandjeck (Nea Salamis), Pierre Kunde (Olympiacos), Martin Hongla (Hellas Verona), Samuel Gouet (Mechelen), Gael Ondoua (Hanover 96), Jean Onana (Lens).

Forwards: Moumi Ngamaleu (Dynamo Moscow), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Besiktas), Léandre Tawamba (Al-Taawoun), Vincent Aboubakar (Al-Nassr), Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon), Jean-Pierre Nsame (Young Boys), Bryan Mbeumo ( Brentford).

Cameroon’s recent calls

Guardians: Simon Omossola (Vita Club).

Defenders: Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Gent), Ambroise Oyongo (Without club), Harold Moukoudi (AEK Athens), Jerome Onguene (Eintracht Frankfurt).

Midfielders: Andre-Frank Anguissa (Napoli), Arnaud Djoum (Dundee United), James Lea Siliki (Estoril).

Forwards: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich), Christian Bassogog (Shanghai Shenhua), Stéphane Bahoken (Kasimpasa), Ignatius Ganago (Lens).

World Cup Team Key Dates

Friday October 21: Preliminary team list (35-55 players) to be submitted

Monday, November 14: Final list of 23 to 26 players to submit

Tuesday 15 November: FIFA will officially announce the 32 teams

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