Cameroon odds look a touch of value to qualify from Group A

One of Africa’s greatest footballing nation’s travel to the World Cup optimistic they can at least progress from Group A, and their odds of 5/1 to qualify from Group A look a touch of value.

Manager: Volke Finker
World Cup best:
Quarter-finals 1990
How they qualified:
African play-offs

A hundred percentage record at home in Group I helped them top a group including the likes of Togo and DR Congo.

They progressed to face Tunisia in a two legged play-off for a place at the World Cup and after a goalless draw in Rades, they finished the job at home.

The former Aston Villa midfielder Jean Makoun scored twice as they won 4-1 in Cameroon to qualify for a second consecutive tournament.

Star player: Alex Song (Barcelona)

Alex Song has had a disappointing season at club level, however he played a key part in helping Cameroon qualify for Brazil.

With Samuel Eto’o’s best days behind him, you can say Song is their only real world-class player and he may be using Brazil 2014 as a shop window to return to England.

One to watch: Eric Chupo Moting (Mainz)

Eric Chupo Moting has a good goal record for his country, scoring nine in just 19 matches and has done well at club level.

The majority of Cameroon’s strikers are the wrong side of 30, however Moting is just 25 and will offer something different if selected.

Strengths

Defensively the Lions are strong, with the Galatasaray defender Aurelien Chedjou and Nicolas Nkoulou forming a good central defensive partnership.
Chedjou has impressed for both club and country and was a reported transfer target for Arsenal before he signed for the Turkish side.

If Cameroon will qualify from Group A then they will need their strong defence to be at their best.

Weaknesses

Cameroon’s best midfielders all operate in front of the defence, with Song, Jean Makoun and Stephan Mbia all better defensively then offensively.
Getting the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Pierre Webo into the game could be their hardest task.

How far can they go?

If Cameroon get out of the group they will have done well, their opening game with Mexico is a must not lose.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Charles Itandje, Ndy Assembe, Sammy Ndjock, Loic Feudjou
Defenders: Allan Nyom, Dany Nounkeu, Cedric Djeugoue, Aurelien Chedjou, Nicolas Nkoulou, Armel Kana-Biyik, Hendri Bedimo, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Gaetang Bong

Midfielders: Eyong Enoh, Jean Makoun, Joel Matip, Stephane Mbia, Landry Nguemo, Alex Song, Cedric Loe, Edgar Sally

Forwards: Samuel Eto’o, Eric Chupo Moting, Benjamin Moukandjo, Vincent Aboubakar, Pierre Webo, Mohamadou Idrissou, Fabrice Olinga

*Squad will be cut by five to 23 before the start of the tournament

Group A
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon

Fixtures

Friday 13th June: Mexico vs. Cameroon 17:00

Wednesday 18th June: Cameroon vs. Croatia 23:00

Monday 23rd June: Cameroon vs. Brazil 21:00

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