GROUP E: Will Eto’o put his personal pride aside and lead Cameroon to success?

It’s probably a stretch to say they can win the World Cup but Cameroon certainly have the ability to take some prized scalps in South Africa.

It’s probably a stretch to say they can win the World Cup but Cameroon certainly have the ability to take some prized scalps in South Africa.

All they need is captain and star striker Samuel Eto’o to swallow his pride from a recent public spat with national hero Roger Milla and perform on the pitch.

Clearly the Indomitable Lions are not a one-man act but much relies on the Inter Milan goalscorer to finish and create chances for his team.

Add Stephane M’bia, Jean Makoun and Alex Song to that and there are some world-class players in Paul Le Guen’s squad who can cause plenty of headaches for the defence of Holland, Denmark and especially Japan.

If they finish second in Group E, which is highly likely, a possible Round of 16 match-up against Italy awaits and with some youthful exuberance and a nothing to lose attitude may see a surprise packet evolve in their home continent.

I believe Cameroon can be the highest finishing African team in the tournament but which stage they progress to is still quite unclear.

Cameroon

Playing schedule: Japan (Bloemfontein) June 14; Denmark (Tshwane/Pretoria) June 19; Holland (Cape Town) June 24

Also known as: The Indomitable Lions
Manager: Paul Le Guen (FRA)
Captain: Samuel Eto’o
Key players: Samuel Eto’o, Jean Makoun, Alex Song
Wildcard: Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Player to watch: Stephane Mbia
Most caps: Rigobert Song (137)
Top goalscorer: Samuel Eto’o (43)
FIFA ranking: 19
Qualifying: 2nd in CAF group stage.
Appearance: 6th
Best result: Quarter finals – 1990

Cameroon squad

Goalkeeper

Hamidou Souleymanou (Kayserispor)
Carlos Kameni (Espanyol)
Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Valenciennes)

Defenders

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham)
Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham)
Gaetan Bong (Valenciennes)
Aurelien Chedjou (Lille)
Nicolas Nkoulou (Monaco)
Geremi (Ankaragucu)
Rigobert Song (Trabzonspor)

Midfielders

Stephane Mbia (Marseille)
Eyong Enoh (Ajax)
Jean Makoun (Lyon)
Georges Mandjeck (Kaiserslautern)
Joel Matip (Schalke)
Landry Nguemo (Celtic)
Alexandre Song (Arsenal)

Forwards

Vincent Aboubakar (Coton Sport)
Eric Choupo-Moting (Nuremberg)
Achille Emana (Betis)
Samuel Eto'o (Inter Milan)
Mohamadou Idrissou (Freiburg)
Pierre Webo (Mallorca)

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