Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions

Cameroon are perennial continental title contenders.  The Cameroonians have qualified seven times for the FIFA World Cup, more than any other African team, but have not tasted Africa Cup of Nations glory since 2002.  Volker Finke’s boys have only made it out of the group stage at the World Cup once and went all the way to the quarter-finals in 1990 against England in Italy.  The Indomitable Lions were halted by the Three Lions in extra time.

The West Africans have been crowned champions of Africa on four previous occasions and will be looking for title number five in Equatorial Guinea.  Cameroon sealed their qualification as the top side with 14 points in Group D with four wins and two draws.  Four-time African player of the year Samuel Eto’o  has led the Cameroonians to victory at the Africa Cup of Nations before and he remains the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the competition with 18 goals although there will be no Eto’o in 2015.  The 22-year-old  centre forward Vincent Aboubakar is another key player with outstanding skills.

Cameroon will kick their  campaign off against Mali on 20 January 2015 at Nuevo Estadio de Malabo.  The Indomitable Lions are also pooled with Guinea and Ivory Coast in Group D.

Prediction: Runners-up

Photo: Alexandre Song in action at the FIFA World Cup against Mexico.
Photo credit: AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo