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African Cup of Nations Team Profile: Cameroon

Sunday 16/June/2019 - 10:04 PM
Sada El Balad
Translated and edited by: Mohamed Emad

The Cameroon national football team، nicknamed The Indomitable Lions or Untameable Lions)، has won five Africa Cup of Nations titles and has qualified seven times for the FIFA World Cup، more than any other African team (in 1982، 1990، 1994، 1998، 2002، 2010 and 2014).

However، the team has only made it once out of the group stage. They were the first African team to reach the quarter-final of the World Cup، in 1990، losing to England in extra time. They have also won Olympic gold in 2000.

Cameroon qualified for the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations، held in Ivory Coast. They finished second in their first-round group before beating Algeria on penalties in the semi-final. In the final، Cameroon beat Nigeria 3–1 with goals from René N'Djeya، Théophile Abega and Ernest Ebongué to become champions of Africa for the first time.


Cameroon used sleeveless Puma shirts at the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali. FIFA، however، did not allow Cameroon to use the same kits as at the 2002 World Cup، and black sleeves were added to the shirts.

The 2004 African Cup of Nations witnessed Cameroon again run into controversy regarding their kits. Puma had designed a one-piece kit for the Cameroon team which FIFA declared illegal، stating that the kits must have separate shirts and shorts.

FIFA then imposed fines on Cameroon and deducted six points from their qualifying campaign. Puma argued that a two-piece kit is not stated as a requirement in the FIFA laws of the game. Puma، however، lost the case in court، and Cameroon were forced to wear two-piece kits، but FIFA subsequently restored the six qualifying points to Cameroon.

Nickname: Indomitable Lions

Previous appearances: 18

Head Coach: Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands)

Honours: Winners (1984، 1988، 2000، 2002، 2017)

Cameroon shocked the entire continent to win their fifth title at the last edition in Gabon in 2017. Stripped of the hosting rights due to delays in meeting deadlines، the Indomitable Lions made certain of their spot after finishing second in Group B behind Morocco.

Key Facts
Defending champions Cameroon are looking to become the first side to retain the Africa Cup of Nations title since Egypt won three in a row in 2006، 2008 and 2010. Cameroon themselves last achieved this in 2002.
Only Egypt (seven) have won more Africa Cup of Nations titles than Cameroon (five)، who won in 1984، 1988، 2000، 2002 and 2017.
Cameroon finished as runners-up in their qualification group to reach the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations، finishing behind Morocco.

Cameroon squad:
Goalkeepers: Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam، Netherlands)، Fabrice Ondoa (Oostende، Belgium)، Carlos Kameni (Fenerbahce، Turkey)

Defenders: Collins Fai (Standard Liege، Belgium)، Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Slavia Prague، Czech Republic)، Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo (Montpellier، France)، Yaya Banana (Panionios، Greece)، Gaetan Bong (Brighton، England)، Jean Armel Kana-Biyik (Kayserispor، Turkey)، Dawa Tchakonte (Mariupol، Ukraine)

Midfielders: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham، England)، Georges Mandjeck (Maccabi Haifa، Israel)، Pierre Kunde Malong (Mainz، Germany)، Arnaud Djoum (Hearts، Scotland)، Wilfrid Kaptoum (Real Betis، Spain)

Forwards: Stephane Bahoken (Angers، France)، Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (PSG، France)، Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal، Spain)، Jacques Zoua (Astra، Romania)، Clinton Njie (Marseille، France)، Christian Bassogog (Henan، China)، Joel Tagueu (Maritimo، Portugal)، Olivier Boumal (Panionos، Greece)

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