Cameroon almost missed the flight to Brazil. A dispute over bonus threatened to spiral out of control as the players threatened to stay back if their demands were not met. However, better sense prevailed and the country’s football officials agreed to their demands. The Indomitable Lions are the only African team to have qualified for the World Cup seven times. The highlight of their World Cup adventure was in 1990 when they reached the quarterfinals. In the end, it took a penalty by England striker Gary Lineker to end the fairytale run. The fortunes of the current team continue to revolve around Samuel Eto’o, the star striker who has played for illustrious clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Internazionale and Chelsea. Joel Matip and Nicolas N’Koulou are the preferred centre-back pairing. With the likes of Alex Song, Stephane Mbia, Landry N’Guemo and John Makoun, Cameroon have plenty of quality in midfield to trouble the opposition. Coach Volker Finke is expected to go with a conservative 4-3-3 formation, which will rely heavily on swift counter-attacks and the predatory skills of Eto’o and fellow striker Vincent Aboubakar. Fabrice Olinga, who plays for Malaga in La Liga, is another option up front.




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