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Cameroon National Team: All-Time Best Squad

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Cameroon is Africa’s most successful footballing nation on the international stage, having played in a record seven World Cup’s and being the first African country to reach the Quarter-Finals of the World Cup in 1990 when England required extra time to overcome the Indomitable Lions.

In addition to their impressive World Cup showings, Cameroon reached the Confederations Cup final in 2003, where they lost to France, and have won the African Cup of Nations five times, most recently in 2017. They also won Gold at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, where Samuel Eto’o inspired them to victory over a Spain side containing Joan Capdevila, Carles Puyol, and Xavi, among others.

Below is Cameroon’s definite 15 man squad, plus their 8 reserves from which you choose which 3 join the initial 15 to create a final 18 man squad.

Thomas N’Kono

Unusually for an African national team, Cameroon has an excellent pedigree when it comes to goalkeepers, with more depth only upfront than they have between the sticks. The finest of the bunch, N’Kono was a tall, strong, dynamic and athletic goalkeeper, who was known in particular for his speed, agility, reactions, and ability to produce spectacular and acrobatic saves. One of his most notable characteristics was his ability to come out and punch the ball away with power when crosses were delivered into the area; his unique, instinctive and aggressive style inspired Gianluigi Buffon as a youngster. Widely regarded as the greatest African goalkeeper of all-time, Gianluigi Buffon said he was inspired by N’Kono as a youngster. He won 112 caps for Cameroon and spent much of his career in La Liga with Espanyol.

Joseph-Antoine Bell

Whilst N’Kono is widely regarded as the better of the two, it was Joseph-Antoine Bell who was named Africa’s Goalkeeper of the Century in 1999 by IFFHS( International Federation of Football History and Statistics). A capable deputy if ever there was one, Bell won 52 caps for Cameroon, featuring in three World Cup’s, one Olympic Games and a handful of African Cup of Nations. A title winner in Egypt, Bell later moved to France at the age of 31 years, turning out for Marseille with 109 caps, Toulon 31 caps, Bordeaux 75 caps, and Saint-Etienne 99 caps were he ended his career.

Lauren

These squads designated right-back is former Arsenal Invincible – Lauren. Predominantly a right sided midfield player in Spain prior to his arrival in north London, Arsene Wenger transformed him into an effective attacking full-back, and he made 242 appearances in six years at Highbury. Lauren won 24 caps for Cameroon and won two Premier League titles and three FA Cup’s with the Gunners, adding another FA Cup triumph with Portsmouth before retiring. Lauren made his international debut for Cameroon in 1998 and went on to earn a total of 25 caps, which yielded two goals, whilst he won Olympic Gold at the 2000 Games in Sydney and also lifted the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002. He was part of the Indomitable Lions’ squad at the France 1998 World Cup and the 2002 edition, held in Japan and Korea. Lauren announced his retirement from international football at the age of 25.

Rigobert Song

Cameroon’s greatest centre back and one of the best Africa has produced as a continent, Rigobert Song won 137 caps for Cameroon, winning the African Cup of Nations twice and reaching the final of the Confederations Cup. Song spent the bulk of his career with Metz in France and Galatasaray in Turkey but also turned out for Liverpool 34 caps and West Ham 24 caps in the Premier League. He played in four World Cup’s for Cameroon, being sent off in two of them a joint record he shares with Zinedine Zidane. Song is the only player to play in the 1994 and 2010 World Cup finals and he is Consider as one of the finest and key player for Cameroon for over a decade

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Geremi Sorele Njitap Fotso

Versatile former Premier League ace Geremi can play in a raft of positions from right-back to centre-back, central midfield and even on the right side of midfield. A two-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid and two-time Premier League champion at Chelsea with 72 caps, Geremi had a decorated career. He won 118 caps for Cameroon. Geremi won Olympic Gold with Cameroon in Sydney in 2000 when he captained his country. He has also won two Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002 as they demonstrated their superiority not only in Africa but at world level too.

Emmanuel Kunde

Unlike many in this squad, Emmanuel Kunde spent the bulk of his career playing in his native Cameroon, for Canon Yaounde and won three titles, a cup of Cameroon and finished runners up at the Africa winners cup, who were one of the most dominant sides in Africa during his decade at the club. Kunde later headed to France, aged 31, where he spent two years, turning out for Stade Lavallois 14 caps and Stade de Reims 32 caps. He won 102 caps for Cameroon and was an AFCON champion twice in 1980 and 1984.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has had an up-and-down career, not least with his national team, but ultimately deserves a place in this squad. After a shaky start to life at Tottenham Hotspur, Assou-Ekotto soon settled in nicely, spending almost a decade at Spurs and seemingly solving their left-back issue. Now with Metz in Ligue 1, the 33-year-old has been capped by Cameroon 24 times but hasn’t played for his country since head-butting a teammate at the 2014 World Cup.

Alex Song

Another player who is still active within the game and another who has had a mixed career at times, Alex Song won 49 caps for Cameroon and is currently playing in Russia with Rubin Kazan. The former Arsenal and Barcelona man has a La Liga title to his name and played 65 games in two seasons at the Nou Camp, but has never won a trophy with Cameroon. He was described by former Cameroon coach Javier Clemente as a “much better player in attack than he is defensively On 6 January 2015, Song announced his international retirement, aged 27 and earning 49 caps, citing his wish to focus on rebuilding his domestic career with West Ham

Marc-Vivien Foe

An all too familiar story to the recent tragedy of Cheick Tiote, Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed in the 72nd minute of Cameroon’s 2003 Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia, and died later that die. A talented midfielder, Foe was just 28 years but had already won 62 caps for his country, as well as playing most of his club matches with the likes of Lens 85 cps, Lyon 43 caps, West Ham 38 caps and Manchester City 35 caps. Foe won the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of nations with Cameroon.

Foé was part of the Cameroon squad for the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. He played in wins against Brazil and Turkey and was rested for the match against the United States, with Cameroon having already qualified.

On 26 June 2003, Cameroon faced Colombia in the semi-final, held at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon, France. In the 72nd minute of the match Foé collapsed in the centre circle

Theophile Abega

A clever footballer with supervision and an eye for a pass, Theophile Abega won 16 caps for Cameroon between 1976 and 1987. Nicknamed ‘the Doctor’ due to his intelligence on the pitch, Abega was Cameroon’s answer to Socrates. He spent almost his entire career in Cameroon barring a single season with Toulouse and played games with three goals. Abega played club football for Canon Yaoundé where he won the 1978 African Cup of Champions Clubszù, 1980 African Cup of Champions Clubs and 1979 African Cup Winners’ Cup titles as well as four Cameroonian championships and five Cameroonian Cups. Later in his career, he moved to France to play for Toulouse FC before finishing in Switzerland with Vevey.

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Cyrille Makanaky

An attacking midfielder with an impressive goal scoring record, Cyrille Makanaky scored 93 goals in 289 games at club level for the likes of Toulon, Lens, Malaga and Villarreal. A member of the Indomitable Lions side which became the first African nation to progress to the World Cup quarter-finals in 1990, Makanaky won 14 caps scoring 3 goals for his country. He played 289 games in 11 different clubs and scored a total of 93 goals.

Makanaky appeared in two Africa Cup of Nations with the Cameroon national team. In the 1988 edition, held in Morocco, he scored the game’s only goal, helping defeat the hosts in the semifinals and eventually winning the trophy.

Makanaky also represented the nation at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, playing all five matches (two complete) as the Lions Indomptables reached the quarterfinals.

Salomon Olembe

The first winger in this squad, Salomon Olembe was a left sided midfielder who played football in France, England, Qatar, Turkey and Greece. Best known for his stints with Nantes and Marseille, Olembe won 64 caps for Cameroon, and played a big part in his countries 2002 African Cup of Nations triumph.

Samuel Eto’o

From midfield to attack, we start with Cameroon’s greatest ever footballing export. Samuel Eto’o is the most decorated African footballer of all-time, having won league titles in Spain and Italy, the Champions League on three occasions and much, much more. Eto’o won 118 caps for Cameroon, scoring 56 goals, making him Cameroon’s all-time leading goal scorer and he is just as prolific aged 38, he put a stop to his footballing career on the pitch after his last spell with Qatar SC. He played 587 games with 13 different clubs and scored 293 goals. Eto.o is decorated as

  • African Cup of Nations all-time top goalscorer
  • RCD Mallorca all-time top goalscorer
  • Cameroon all-time top goalscorer

Roger Milla

In becoming Cameroon’s greatest ever player, Roger Milla was the man Samuel Eto’o had to overtake. The timeless centre-forward who played with a smile on his face and practically invented the goal celebration scored 37 goals in 63 games for Cameroon. Milla has scored the same amount of World Cup goals as Geoff Hurst and Lionel Messi, including famous strikes against Colombia and Russia, the latter of which made him the tournaments oldest ever goal scorer at 42.

Francois Omam-Biyik

It’s fair to say Cameroon have been pretty gifted when it comes to strikers, and Francois Omam-Biyik makes it a hat-trick of quality centre-forwards in the initial 15. The scorer of 45 international goals from just 77 caps, Omam-Biyik was also prolific at club level in Ligue 1 with Rennes, Cannes and Lens, and also in Mexico with the countries biggest side, Club America.

Reserves

That’s it for Cameroon’s definite 15, now it’s over to you to pick which three reserve players get the nod and join the likes of Eto’o and Milla in Cameroon’s final 18. The eight reserve players to choose from are as follows:

1. Jacques Songo’o – Former Metz and Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper – 98 caps

2. Bertin Ebwelle – Former Tonnerre Yaoundé, Bali United and Olympic Mvolyé full-back – 47 caps

3. Raymond Kalla – Former Extremadura and Bochum midfielder – 63 caps

4. Louis Paul Mfede – Former Stade Rennais midfielder – 44 caps

5. Stephen Tataw – Former Olympic Mvolyé and Tosu Futures full-back – 43 caps

6. Emmanuel Koum – Former Grenoble, Monaco and Chaumont striker – Unknown number of caps

7. Jean Manga-Onguene – Former Canon Yaounde forward – 7 caps

8. Patrick M’Boma – Former Cagliari and Parma forward – 57 caps

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African Nations gear up as International Football resumes in October.

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CAF member states prepare for the resumption of international football in the continent next month.

Football in the continent,  has been halted for over six months due to the effects of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in March this year.

With many borders through out the continent still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,   teams in the continent are heading to Europe for next month’s international matches.

Cameroon are traveling to the Netherlands,  Guinea to Portugal, while the Ivory coast,  Nigeria and Tunisia head to Austria,  where it is easier for them to assembly their squads because most of their players are Europe based players.

Cameroon’s Indomitable lions

It should be noted that, the next FIFA window for international football,  from October 5-13, is the first opportunity for African national teams to play since last November.

FIFA however,  had cancelled the September window for all confiderations but for UEFA  due to the uncertainty over travels around the continent caused CAF to back the resumption of international football in November.

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Next month’s window will see most CAF Member States to play series of friendly matches  in preparation for both the AFCON and world cup qualifiers.

Nigeria have arranged friendlies against the Ivory coast and Tunisia on October 9 and October 13 in Austria,  while five time champions of Africa,  Cameroon will have a friendly against Japan in Utrecht,  after which they will stay in a training camp in the Netherlands for a few more days.

Indomitable Lions coach Antonio Conceicao, this week published a preliminary list of 32 players for the match and camping.

Guinea on their part, will play cape Verde islands on October 10 while the DR Congo travel to Morocco for a training camp and a behind-closed doors international match against their host in Rabat on October 13.

Senegal are also to play Morocco in Rabat on October 9 while the current African champions Algeria are yet to announce their plans but reports say they will also go to Austria.

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Down to the southern hemisphere,  south Africa are trying to organize two friendly matches at home next month against neighboring countries but have yet to finalize arrangements as they await for a possible reopening of their borders in the coming weeks.

 

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CAF President, Ahmad congratulates Ghana’ s President Nana Akufo Addo on his appointment as Chairman of ECOWAS.

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) boss Ahmad has extended his words of congratulations to the Ghana president,  H. E. Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo, on his new appointment as the new chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

President Ahmad’s words were more diplomatic, as this was contained in a letter addressed to the Ghana president on September 14, 2020.

H. E Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo.

“It is my pleasure to extend my congratulations to you on your appointment as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). On behalf of the Executive committee of CAF and personally,  I wish you every success in your endeavors. I am certain that during your chairmanship, ECOWAS will maintain and accelerate its constructive and sympathetic contribution to African Football.  As you embark upon your new responsibilities, I wish to assure you and the people of West Africa of CAF’s continued support and friendship.  I am certain that during your presidency,  ECOWAS will maintain and accelerate its constructive contribution to African Football.  Kindly accept, Mr. President, once again my warm congratulations on your appointment and my best wishes as you prepare to take up thr responsibilities,  and challenges of your new office” the letter read.

President Nana Akufo Addo was elected as the new chairman of ECOWAS on September 8, 2020 at the 57 th summit of the regional bloc held in Niamey, Niger.

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He replaces Nigerian born Muhamadou Issoufour who held the position for one year.

Source: sportsworldghana.com

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CAMEROON Indomitable Lions: The list of 32 players preselected by Antonio Conceiçao Olivera

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Cameroon’s indomitable lion’s gaffer Antonio Conceiçao Olivera, has released through Facebook a list of 32 preselected players for two International friendlies that will take place during the October 2020 FIFA window.

The indomitable lions have 2 big challenges ahead as they face Africa’s reigning champions Algeria and Asian dragons Japan in what will be the first Post COVID-19 matches.

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