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Team Cameroon: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Team Cameroon: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

The World Cup odds seem to be mostly aligning with the likes of Spain, Argentina, and host nation Brazil. However, there are more powerhouse teams than this pack might be blind to see. Cameroon are Africa’s most resilient football warriors, having qualified for the World Cup a record seven times (in 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014)―the most for any African nation. The Indomitable Lions may not be frequent in the tournament’s higher stages, but their knack for giving their opponents a difficult match is quite remarkable.

 

After last month’s first leg in Rades ended without any goal scored, Pierre Webo gave the hosts the perfect start through capitalizing on a defensive mix-up. Benjamin Moukandjo netted two innings in the first half, before Tunisia substitute Ahmed Akaichi halved the deficit with a perfect volley. However, Jean Makoun’s late double sent Cameroon to their seventh World Cup.

 

Cameroon’s journey to the finals is most symbolic to captain Samuel Eto’o, 32, one of the greatest African footballers of all time whose this year’s World Cup stint may be his last opportunity to emulate the exploits of his childhood hero, Roger Milla. The then 38-year-old figured in the 1990 World Cup as Cameroon reached the last eight. Eto’o must either replicate this feat or surpass it and take a strong grip of the competition’s knock-out stages (or even higher).

 

In addition to the Chelsea veteran, the side is also loaded with experienced and high-level talents. Nicolas N’Koulou, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, and Aurelien Chedjou are crucial at the back, while the midfield is heavily guarded by Alex Song, Jean Makoun, and Stephane Mbia.

 

Image source: fifa.com

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