Cameroon will meet Brazil for the third time at the World Cup. The Indomitable Lions lost their previous two matches in 1994 and 2014. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting online markets and props for the World Cup.
Martin Hongla: Verona
Cameroon midfielder Martin Hongla spent most of his career in Spain with Granada and the Barcelona B team, with a loan spell at Karpaty in Ukraine in 2019 before his $1.6m move to Royal Antwerp. Last year Hellas Verona officially signed him and he played 18 matches for the Serie A team last season, scoring one goal.
He earned eight international caps for Cameroon and he was in the squad for the African Cup of Nations in January in his home country. He offered three assists and helped his country to finish third, beating Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties. He played an important role in the last stage of the World Cup qualifiers when Cameroon managed to beat Algeria in a double-legged tie, earning their 2022 World Cup spot.
Jean Onana: Bordeaux
Bordeaux promising young midfielder Jean Onana is edging closer to a move to Serie A club Spezia before the end of the transfer window. The 22-year-old has been on the fringes of the Bordeaux first team this season following their relegation to Ligue 2. He has been earmarked for a transfer as the club looks to right their precarious financial situation.
Onana and Serie A club have already agreed on personal terms and both clubs want a straight transfer rather than any sort of loan arrangement. Spezia has formulated a $5m offer plus bonuses while Les Girondins would also receive 10 percent of any profit made should the Italian top-flight league club sell the midfielder.
The player has also agreed to a contract with Italian reigning champs AC Milan but a fee arrangement has not been forthcoming. The Cameroon nine-cap international has also attracted the interest of two newly promoted Serie A clubs in Monza and Cremonese, while Spanish side Girona was also said to be making a move. He was not included in Bordeaux’s squad for the last two games and we’re expecting him to play in Italy this season.
Joyskim Dawa: FCSB
Joyskim Dawa made his debut for the Cameroon national team in a goalless draw with Malawi in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers back in 2018. Since then, he earned nine international caps. He last played for Cameroon in 2021 in the 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast. He was not called for the African Cup of Nations or for this year’s World Cup qualifiers but we still expect him to make the cut and travel with his teammates in Qatar. Why? Because he moved to the best team in Romania, FCSB, and became the best center-back in the Romanian league. He’s not just rock-solid at the back but he’s also scoring goals.
He helped his new team qualify in the Conference League group stages so he will have European exposure, which is very important for his World Cup future.
Cameroon World Cup Expectations
Rigobert Song’s side is joined by Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland in Group G at the 2022 World Cup. The Africans have never faced the above two European sides in a World Cup final before, but they know a thing or two about Brazil, losing both World Cup fixtures against them in 1994 and 2014.
Song believes his players will be resurrected by the opportunity to play against the South American side. They are packed with world-class players with European experience under their belt, among them Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of Bayern Munich, Karl Toko Ekambi of Lyon, Andre Onana of Inter Milan, and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa of Napoli. They will definitely fight for a top-two finish with Serbia and Switzerland despite being priced at +275 to qualify in the knockout stages according to the latest soccer odds.