By Amakye Ansah
#3. Cameroon 🇨🇲
Nickname: The Indomitable Lions
Last appearance: 2019
Coach: Antoni Conceicao da Silva Oliveira (Portugal)
Best AFCON results: Champions (1984,1988,2000,2002,2017)
Skipper: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Player to watch: Vincent Aboubakar
CAF Rankings: 7
FIFA Rankings: 50
The Indomitable Lions is one of the favourites to lift the ultimate. Cameroon will target host and win. They have won the competition 5 times and are very strong at home. Cameroon has won the competition 3 times in the last 21 years.
The Indomitable Lions will be boosted by the way they leapfrogged Ivory Coast for the top spot during Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Group D. Toni Conceicao has enough skilled players to rely on. Skipper Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi will provide firepower for the Indomitable Lions. Toni Conceicao deserves credit for the total transformation of the team.
The host will try to gather momentum from the opening game of the tournament against Burkina Faso on January 9, 2022.
26 and half million people will be supporting them and it will certainly boost their morale.
The core of the team
Toni Conceicao has a wonderful spine to rely on. Andre Onana was still looking solid after 9 months suspension in the crucial 1-0 win against Ivory Coast in the winner takes all tie in Yaounde. Onana is only 25 years old but has a bucket load of experience.
Jerome Onguene of Red Bull Salzburg will certainly be their main man at the back. The 6 ft 3 in centre back is now becoming a mainstay of the RB Salzburg defence and is expected to partner Nouhou Tolo at the heart of the defence.
Andre Zambo Anguissa will anchor the midfield alongside KV Mechelen midfielder Samuel Gouet Oum.
Their attack is their weapon. Cameroon is known for producing fine forward players: Vincent Aboubakar, Karl Toko Ekambi, Nicholas Moumi Ngameleu and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are all no exceptions.
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Andre Onana ( Gk)
Collins Fai, Micheal Ngadeu-Ngadjeu, Nouhou Tolo, Jerome Onguene (DF)
Samuel Gouet, Andre Zambo, Martin Hongla (MDF)
Nicolas Moumi Ngameleu, Toko Ekambi, Vincent Aboubakar (ATT)