Cameroon won in the last moments of the extra time to earn a ticket to the 2022 World Cup with Toko Ekambi scoring the winning goal against Algeria. Our sportsbook is offering the best markets and bonuses for World cup soccer 2022.
Cameroon’s World Cup Experience and New Coach
Portugal’s Toni Conceicao led Cameroon into the playoffs of World Cup qualifying and took them to a third-placed finish at the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil back in January. He got sacked in March 2022 with the country’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education Narcisse Mouelle Kombi declaring that legend Rigobert Song was appointed on the “high instructions” of President Paul Biya.
With Song in charge, the Indomitable Lions managed to beat Algeria with a late extra-time goal scored by Lyon’s Karl Toko Ekambi. That win earned them the ticket to the 2022 World Cup. Cameroon qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1982. With the increase of 16 to 24 teams, Cameroon qualified along with Algeria to represent Africa in Spain.
Cameroon was drawn into Group A with eventual winners Italy, Poland, and Peru. Despite being unbeaten they failed to qualify for the second round having scored fewer goals than Italy.
They will make their eighth World Cup appearance in Qatar but it has been 32 years since that historic run to the quarterfinals. They failed to win a World Cup match since 2002 but with legends Rigobert Song and Samuel Eto’o in charge of the squad, the expectations are high.
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Cameroon are packed with top-flight players with plenty of Champions League and Europa League 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.
National managers were allowed to bring 26 players to last summer’s European Championship for the first time at a major tournament, as a special measure brought in due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while last year’s Copa America allowed squads of 28 players. Now it has been announced that 26-player squads will return for the Qatar World Cup, an expansion from the usual 23-man teams.
Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana is back following a nine-month ban after he tested positive for a banned substance. Vincent Aboubakar lit up the recent Africa Cup of Nations, finishing as the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals for the hosts.
He is playing club football in Saudi Arabia these days but still knows how to put the ball in the net. Aboubakar will be joined in attack by Lyon’s Karl Toko Ekambi, who has scored 11 goals in 49 appearances for his country. He is the player to watch so if you’re betting online, back him to find the back of the net.
The Britain-based duo Oliver Ntcham from Swansea and Bryan Mbeumo from Brentford are on the fringes of the squad and will hope to impress Rigobert Song and make the cut.
Group G: Difficult Group
Cameroon missed out on the 2018 World Cup odds but were involved in the two previous editions. However, they bowed out in the group phase in both 2010 and 2014. They were drawn into Group G together with Brazil, Serbia, and Switzerland and they have a small chance to make it through to the knockout stages.
Brazil are top favorites to go all the way and lift the trophy, Serbia carry an immense goal threat with Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring goals for fun while Switzerland were unbeaten in the qualifying campaign allowing just two goals in the process.
Cameroon are the underdogs of the group and they are priced at +1200 to win the group and at +275 to qualify in the Round of 16 according to the latest soccer odds.