Cameroon national football team

The Cameroon national football team (French: Équipe du Cameroun de football), also known as the Indomitable Lions (French: les lions indomptables),[a] represents Cameroon in men's international football. It is controlled by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football, a member of FIFA and its African confederation CAF.

Cameroon
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions)
AssociationFédération Camerounaise de Football (FECAFOOT)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Head coachRigobert Song
CaptainVincent Aboubakar
Most capsRigobert Song (137)
Top scorerSamuel Eto'o (56)[1]
Home stadiumOlembe Stadium
FIFA codeCMR
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 33 Increase 10 (22 December 2022)[2]
Highest11 (November 2006 – January 2007, November – December 2009)
Lowest79 (February – March 2013)
First international
Belgian Congo 3–2 French Cameroon
(Belgian Congo; September 1956)
Biggest win
 Cameroon 9–0 Chad 
(Kinshasa, DR Congo; 7 April 1965)
Biggest defeat
 South Korea 5–0 Cameroon 
(Seoul, South Korea; 4 October 1984)
 Norway 6–1 Cameroon 
(Oslo, Norway; 31 October 1990)
 Russia 6–1 Cameroon 
(Palo Alto, United States; 28 June 1994)
 Costa Rica 5–0 Cameroon 
(San José, Costa Rica; 9 March 1997)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1982)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1990)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances20 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2017)
African Nations Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2011)
Best resultFourth place (2020)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2001)
Best resultRunners-up (2003)

The team has qualified for the FIFA World Cup eight times, more than any other African team, and four times in a row between 1990 and 2002. However, the team has only made it out of the group stage once. 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 five Africa Cup of Nations.

Cameroon is the first and, as of 2022, only African country to defeat Brazil in either friendly or tournament play, besting them in the 2003 Confederations Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup by identical 1-0 scores.[5][6]

HistoryEdit

1956–2000: Early yearsEdit

Cameroon played its first match against Belgian Congo in 1956, losing 3–2. They first qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1970, but were knocked out in the first round. Two years later, as hosts, the Indomitable Lions finished third after being knocked out by their neighbours and future champions Congo in the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations. They would not qualify for the competition for another ten years.

Cameroon qualified for its first FIFA World Cup in 1982. With the increase from 16 teams to 24, Cameroon qualified along with Algeria to represent Africa at the tournament in Spain. Cameroon was drawn into Group 1 with Italy, Poland, and Peru. In their first game, Cameroon faced Peru and drew 0–0. They then held Poland goalless before a surprise 1–1 draw with eventual winners Italy. Despite being unbeaten, they failed to qualify for the second round, having scored fewer goals than Italy.

Two years later, 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 defeated reigning world champion Argentina in the first game of the 1990 World Cup.

Cameroon qualified for the 1990 World Cup by surpassing Nigeria and beating Tunisia in the final round playoff. In the final tournament, Cameroon were drawn into Group B with Argentina, Romania and the Soviet Union. Cameroon defeated defending champions Argentina in the opening game 1–0 with a goal scored by François Omam-Biyik. Cameroon later defeated Romania 2–1 and lost to the Soviet Union 0–4, becoming the first side to top a World Cup Finals group with a negative goal difference. In the second round, Cameroon defeated Colombia 2–1 with the 38-year-old Roger Milla scoring two goals in extra-time.

In the quarter-finals, Cameroon faced England. After 25 minutes, England's David Platt scored for England, while in the second-half, Cameroon came back with a 61st-minute penalty from Emmanuel Kundé and took the lead with Eugène Ekéké on 65 minutes. England, however, equalized in the 83rd minute with a penalty from Gary Lineker, while Lineker again found the net via a 105th-minute penalty to make the eventual scoreline 3–2 for England. The team was coached by Russian manager and former player Valeri Nepomniachi.

The 1994 World Cup in the United States saw the adjustment of representation for African teams qualifying, from two to three. Cameroon qualified along with Nigeria and Morocco. In the final tournament, Cameroon were drawn into Group B with Sweden, Brazil and Russia. After a 2–2 draw against Sweden, Cameroon lost to Brazil and Russia sealed their elimination. In their last game against Russia, the then 42-year-old Roger Milla became the oldest player to play and score in a World Cup finals match. The team was coached by French-born Henri Michel.

The 1998 World Cup in France saw the increase of 24 to 32 teams, with Cameroon one of the five countries representing Africa. Cameroon were drawn into Group B with Italy, Chile and Austria. Despite drawing with Chile and Austria (after leading 1–0 against them until the 90th minute), a 3–0 defeat to Italy saw Cameroon finish bottom of the group. Cameroon had three players sent off in the course of the tournament, more than any other team. They also had the highest card count per game of any team, collecting an average of four bookings in each match they played.[7] It was also during this tournament that a certain Samuel Eto'o was exposed to Cameroonians. He was the youngest player of the tournament alongside Michael Owen of England. The team was coached by French-born Claude Le Roy.

Post-2000Edit

Cameroon qualified for the 2002 World Cup in Korea-Japan, clinching first place in their group which included Angola, Zambia and Togo. Cameroon were drawn into Group E alongside Germany, the Republic of Ireland and Saudi Arabia. Cameroon started with a 1–1 draw with Ireland after giving up the lead and later defeated Saudi Arabia 1–0. In their last game, Cameroon were defeated 2–0 by Germany and were narrowly eliminated by the Irish, who had not lost a game.

Cameroon started the 2002 African Cup of Nations competition with a 1–0 win over DR Congo. That was followed by another 1–0 win against Ivory Coast, and a comfortable 3–0 win against Togo. These results led Cameroon to qualify from the group stage to the quarter-finals as their group's winner. In the knockout stage, M'Boma's goal in the 62nd minute lifted Cameroon over Egypt 1–0. Cameroon would defeat hosts Mali 3-0 in the semi-final on 7 February on route to repeating as champions by edging Senegal 3-2 on penalties following a scoreless 120 minutes on 13 February, and thereby qualifying for the 2003 Confederations Cup in France.[8]

There, the Indomitable Lions became the first African country to defeat Brazil, courtesy of Samuel Eto'o's tally in the 83rd minute of their opening match on 13 June.[5] Cameroon subsequently defeated Turkey and drew the USA before dispatching Colombia in the semi-final. However, the latter was overshadowed by the sudden on-field collapse of Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé in the 71st minute.[9] Medics spent 45 minutes attempting to restart his heart, and although he was still alive upon arrival at the stadium's medical centre, he died shortly afterwards.[10] An autopsy determined the cause of death to have been hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an hereditary condition known to increase the risk of sudden death during physical exercise.[11] The Final on June 29 against France, consequently, became not about the game but rather an occasion for both teams and fans to honor Foé. France prevailed 1-0 following Thierry Henry's golden goal in the 7th minute of extra time, but abstained from traditional post-match celebrations. Instead, the tournament closed with one last tribute to Foé as Cameroon took a lap around the stadium holding a large photo of their fallen teammate.[12]

In the 2006 World Cup qualifying round, Cameroon were drawn into Group 3 with the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Benin. Cameroon led the group until their final game, when Pierre Womé failed to convert a late penalty. On 8 October 2005, Cameroon drew with Egypt 1–1 while eventual World Cup debutants Ivory Coast defeated Sudan 3–1, preventing Cameroon from travelling to Germany.

In Cameroon's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, the team was grouped with Gabon, Togo and Morocco. After a slow start in their campaign with a loss to Togo, the coach of Cameroon, Otto Pfister, resigned. Frenchman Paul Le Guen was appointed as the new coach after a draw against Morocco. Le Guen's appointment caused an uprise in Cameroon's spirits as they earned a win against Gabon in Libreville, followed by another win against the Panthers four days later in Yaoundé. One month later, they defeated Togo in Yaoundé by three goals. On 14 November 2009, Cameroon defeated the Atlas Lions of Morocco 2–0 in Fez in their last match of their campaign. Gabon was also defeated by Togo 1–0 in Lomé. Both results caused Cameroon to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals, held in South Africa.[13]

The Indomitable Lions were the first team to be mathematically eliminated in the 2010 World Cup, going out in their second group match to Denmark after losing 1–2, preceded by a 0–1 defeat to Japan.

Cameroon started the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations competition with a 1–1 draw to Burkina Faso, followed by a 2–1 win against Guinea-Bissau, and an unconvincing goalless draw against the hosts Gabon. These results were enough for Cameroon to qualify from the group stage to the quarter-finals, where they met Senegal in a close match that Cameroon won 5–4 in a penalty shootout after it had ended goalless in extra time. In the semi-finals, Cameroon met Ghana and won the match 2–0 to qualify to the final.

On 5 February 2017, and after a close match, Cameroon won the African Cup of Nations for the fifth time after defeating seven-time champions Egypt 2–1 in the final,[14] by Vincent Aboubakar's late goal in the 89th minute of the match.[15] As champions, Cameroon qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated in the group stage.

Cameroon qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar via the away goals rule after defeating hosts Algeria 2-1 on 29 March 2022 thanks to Karl Toko Ekambi's winner in the 124th minute of the second leg of their CAF third round home-and-away tie with The Fennec Foxes.[16] On 2 December 2022, in the final match of Group G, The Indomitable Lions made history by becoming the first African country to defeat Brazil at the World Cup. Vincent Aboubakar netted the contest's lone goal in the 2nd minute of stoppage time, and subsequently received his second booking and dismissal for removing his shirt during his celebration. It was the Seleção's first group stage loss since a 2-1 defeat to Norway in 1998 and Cameroon's first ever World Cup win since 2002.[17] Cameroon failed to advance from their group, however, as they finished third behind Brazil and Switzerland, respectively.[18]

Kits and crestsEdit

The Cameroon national football team's tradition color is green shirts, red shorts and yellow socks, colors of the national flag.

Cameroon national football team had long-term partnership with Puma.[19] Since 2022 it is sponsored by One All Sports.

Controversy about sleeveless and one-piece kitsEdit

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.[20] 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.

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit supplier Period Notes
  Le Coq Sportif 1982–1987
  Adidas 1988–1993
  Mitre 1993–1995
  Lotto 1995–1996
  Adidas 1996–1997
  Puma 1998–2018
  Le Coq Sportif 2019–2022
  One All Sports 2022–present

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Lose

2022Edit

9 January 2021 AFCON GS Cameroon   2–1   Burkina Faso Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Aboubakar   40' (pen.), 45+3' (pen.)
Report
Stadium: Olembe Stadium
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
13 January 2021 AFCON GS Cameroon   4–1   Ethiopia Yaoundé, Cameroon
17:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Olembe Stadium
Referee: Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo (DR Congo)
17 January 2021 AFCON GS Cape Verde   1–1   Cameroon Yaoundé, Cameroon
Report
Stadium: Olembe Stadium
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
24 January 2021 AFCON Round of 16 Cameroon   2–1   Comoros Yaoundé, Cameroon
Report
Stadium: Olembe Stadium
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
29 January 2021 AFCON Quarter-finals Gambia   0–2   Cameroon Douala, Cameroon
17:00 Report
Stadium: Japoma Stadium
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)
3 February 2021 AFCON Semi-finals Cameroon   0–0 (a.e.t.)
(1–3 p)
  Egypt Yaoundé, Cameroon
20:00 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Olembe Stadium
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Penalties
5 February 2021 AFCON 3rd place Burkina Faso   3–3
(3–5 p)
  Cameroon Yaoundé, Cameroon
17:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
Penalties
25 March 2022 World Cup qualification 1st Leg Cameroon   0–1   Algeria Douala, Cameroon
18:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Japoma Stadium
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
29 March 2022 World Cup qualification 2nd Leg Algeria   1–2 (a.e.t.)
(2–2 agg.)
  Cameroon Algiers, Algeria
Touba   118' Report
Stadium: Stade du 5 Juillet
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
4 June 2023 AFCON qualification Cameroon   Cancelled   Kenya Douala, Cameroon
17:00 UTC+1 Stadium: Japoma Stadium
Note: FIFA banned Kenya due to governmental interference in their Football Association [1]
23 September Friendly Cameroon   0–2   Uzbekistan Goyang, South Korea
15:00 UTC+9 Report
Stadium: Goyang Stadium
Referee: Kim Woo-sung (Korea)
27 September Friendly South Korea   1–0   Cameroon Seoul, South Korea
20:00 UTC+9 Report Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium
Attendance: 59,389
Referee: Alex King (Australia)
9 November Friendly Cameroon   1–1   Jamaica Yaoundé, Cameroon
17:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Olembe Stadium
Referee: Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
18 November Friendly Cameroon   1–1   Panama Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
13:00 UTC+4 Report
Stadium: Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Sultan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
24 November 2022 World Cup GS Switzerland   1–0   Cameroon Al Wakrah, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
Attendance: 39,089
Referee: Facundo Tello (Argentina)
28 November 2022 World Cup GS Cameroon   3–3   Serbia Al Wakrah, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
Attendance: 39,789
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
2 December 2022 World Cup GS Cameroon   1–0   Brazil Lusail, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Attendance: 85,986
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States)

2023Edit

5 January Friendly Uganda A'   1–1   Cameroon A' Tunis, Tunisia
14:30 UTC+1 Waiswa   80' Report Debami   40' Stadium: Stade Chedly Zouiten
7 January Friendly Ivory Coast A'   1–1   Cameroon A' Sousse, Tunisia
15:00 UTC+1 Badjo   90+3' Report Batto   65' (pen.) Stadium: Mustapha Amara Stadium
9 January Friendly Cameroon A'   v   Sudan A' Tunisia
14:00 UTC+1 Report
March 2023 AFCON qualification Cameroon   v   Namibia Cameroon
March 2023 AFCON qualification Namibia   v   Cameroon Namibia
March 2023 AFCON qualification Kenya   Cancelled   Cameroon Kenya
Note: FIFA banned Kenya due to governmental interference in their Football Association [2]
September 2023 AFCON qualification Cameroon   v   Burundi Cameroon

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Rigobert Song
Assistant coach   Sebastien Migne
Assistant coach #2   Bertrand Njiguélé
Assistant coach #3   Augustine Simo
Goalkeeping coach   Souleymanou Hamidou
Fitness coach   Pierre Ngé-Ngum

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 26 players were named to the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Caps and goals correct as of 2 December 2022, after the match against Brazil.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Simon Ngapandouetnbu (2003-04-12) 12 April 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Marseille
16 1GK Devis Epassy (1993-02-02) 2 February 1993 (age 30) 7 0   Abha

3 2DF Nicolas Nkoulou (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 32) 80 2   Aris
4 2DF Christopher Wooh (2001-09-18) 18 September 2001 (age 21) 4 0   Rennes
17 2DF Olivier Mbaizo (1997-08-15) 15 August 1997 (age 25) 11 0   Philadelphia Union
19 2DF Collins Fai (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 30) 55 0   Al-Tai
21 2DF Jean-Charles Castelletto (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 28) 16 1   Nantes
24 2DF Enzo Ebosse (1999-03-11) 11 March 1999 (age 23) 3 0   Udinese
25 2DF Nouhou Tolo (1997-06-23) 23 June 1997 (age 25) 21 0   Seattle Sounders

2 3MF Jerome Ngom Mbekeli (1998-09-30) 30 September 1998 (age 24) 3 0   Colombe Sportive
5 3MF Gaël Ondoua (1995-11-04) 4 November 1995 (age 27) 6 0   Hannover 96
8 3MF André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 27) 46 5   Napoli
14 3MF Samuel Gouet (1997-12-14) 14 December 1997 (age 25) 24 0   Mechelen
15 3MF Pierre Kunde (1995-07-26) 26 July 1995 (age 27) 34 1   VfL Bochum
18 3MF Martin Hongla (1998-03-16) 16 March 1998 (age 24) 21 0   Hellas Verona
22 3MF Olivier Ntcham (1996-02-09) 9 February 1996 (age 26) 4 0   Swansea City

6 4FW Moumi Ngamaleu (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 28) 44 4   Dynamo Moscow
7 4FW Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 27) 4 0   Beşiktaş
9 4FW Jean-Pierre Nsame (1993-05-01) 1 May 1993 (age 29) 4 0   Young Boys
10 4FW Vincent Aboubakar (captain) (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 31) 94 35   Beşiktaş
11 4FW Christian Bassogog (1995-10-18) 18 October 1995 (age 27) 44 7   Shanghai Shenhua
12 4FW Karl Toko Ekambi (1992-09-14) 14 September 1992 (age 30) 54 12   Rennes
13 4FW Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 (age 33) 72 20   Bayern Munich
20 4FW Bryan Mbeumo (1999-08-07) 7 August 1999 (age 23) 6 0   Brentford
26 4FW Souaibou Marou (2000-12-03) 3 December 2000 (age 22) 3 1   Coton Sport

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK André Onana (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 26) 34 0   Internazionale 2022 FIFA World Cup RET
GK Marcelin Mbahbi (2000-01-21) 21 January 2000 (age 23) 1 0   Gazelle FC v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
GK Haschou Kerrido (1994-06-02) 2 June 1994 (age 28) 0 0   Union Douala v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
GK Patrick Kibiyen (1998-09-19) 19 September 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Bamboutos v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
GK James Bievenue Djaoyang - 0 0   Canon Yaoundé v.   Uzbekistan, 23 September 2022 PRE
GK Simon Omossola (1998-05-05) 5 May 1998 (age 24) 2 0   Vita Club v.   Burundi, 9 June 2022

DF Bawak Etta (1994-07-10) 10 July 1994 (age 28) 1 0   PWD Bamenda v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
DF Brandon Djoufack (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 32) 0 0   Bamboutos v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
DF Houzaifi Youssoufa (1999-08-08) 8 August 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Coton Sport v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
DF Saidou Ibrahim (2001-06-04) 4 June 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Fauve Azur Elite v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
DF Yves Alain Moukoko (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 32) 1 0   Canon Yaoundé v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
DF Alfred Benga 0 0   Les Astres v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
DF Yannick Joachim Noah (2004-03-11) 11 March 2004 (age 18) 0 0   Dragon Club v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
DF Che Malone (1999-05-23) 23 May 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Coton Sport v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
DF Darlin Yongwa (2000-09-21) 21 September 2000 (age 22) 1 0   Lorient v.   South Korea, 27 September 2022
DF Oumar Gonzalez (1998-02-25) 25 February 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Ajaccio v.   South Korea, 27 September 2022
DF Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (1990-11-23) 23 November 1990 (age 32) 53 4   Gent v.   Uzbekistan, 23 September 2022
DF Enzo Tchato (2002-11-23) 23 November 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Montpellier v.   Uzbekistan, 23 September 2022 PRE
DF Ambroise Oyongo (1991-06-22) 22 June 1991 (age 31) 51 2 Free agent v.   Burundi, 9 June 2022
DF Duplexe Tchamba (1998-07-10) 10 July 1998 (age 24) 2 0   Casa Pia v.   Burundi, 9 June 2022
DF Harold Moukoudi (1997-11-27) 27 November 1997 (age 25) 11 0   AEK Athens v.   Algeria, 29 March 2022

MF Joseph Iyendjock (2003-05-29) 29 May 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Union Douala v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
MF Martial Zemba Ikoung (1999-02-18) 18 February 1999 (age 23) 1 0   APEJES Academy v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
MF Djawal Kaiba (2003-02-08) 8 February 2003 (age 19) 1 1   Coton Sport v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
MF Félix Oukiné (1999-12-26) 26 December 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Coton Sport v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
MF Valentin Beo Bato (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 26) 1 0   Colombe Sportive v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
MF Louis Enjonaei Mbah (1997-04-01) 1 April 1997 (age 25) 1 0   Eding Sport v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
MF Henry Paul Tchikeu (2000-05-20) 20 May 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Canon Yaoundé v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
MF Georges Mandjeck (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 34) 51 0   Nea Salamis v.   South Korea, 27 September 2022
MF Jean Onana (2000-01-08) 8 January 2000 (age 23) 10 0   Lens v.   South Korea, 27 September 2022
MF Brice Ambina (2001-11-17) 17 November 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Cape Town City v.   Uzbekistan, 23 September 2022 PRE
MF Jeando Fuchs (1997-10-11) 11 October 1997 (age 25) 2 0   Peterborough United v.   Burundi, 9 June 2022
MF Arnaud Djoum (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 33) 28 0   Dundee United v.   Algeria, 29 March 2022

FW Harisson Djonkep (2001-04-08) 8 April 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Eding Sport v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
FW Patient Wassou (2004-04-22) 22 April 2004 (age 18) 1 0   Coton Sport v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
FW Ebassa Emmanuel 0 0   Renaissance v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
FW Joseph Apam (1998-12-31) 31 December 1998 (age 24) 1 0   APEJES Academy v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
FW Kemajou Dibani (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 27) --> 1 0   Bamboutos v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
FW Ramses Donfack 0 0   Coton Sport v.   Jamaica, 9 November 2022
FW Léandre Tawamba (1989-12-20) 20 December 1989 (age 33) 7 0   Al-Taawoun v.   South Korea, 27 September 2022
FW Stéphane Bahoken (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 30) 22 4   Kasımpaşa v.   Uzbekistan, 23 September 2022 PRE
FW Ignatius Ganago (1999-02-16) 16 February 1999 (age 23) 11 0   Lens v.   Uzbekistan, 23 September 2022 PRE
FW Danny Loader (2000-08-28) 28 August 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Porto v.   Uzbekistan, 23 September 2022 PRE
FW Didier Lamkel Zé (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 26) 0 0   Kortrijk v.   Uzbekistan, 23 September 2022 PRE
FW Kévin Soni (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 24) 1 0   Hatayspor v.   Burundi, 9 June 2022

INJ = Withdrew from the squad due to injury
SUS = Serving suspension
PRE = Preliminary squad / standby
RET = Retired from international football
WD = Withdrew from the squad

RecordsEdit

As of 2 December 2022[24]
Players in bold are still active with Cameroon.

Most appearancesEdit

 
Rigobert Song is Cameroon's most capped player with 137 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Rigobert Song 137 5 1993–2010
2 Samuel Eto'o 118 56 1997–2014
Geremi Njitap 118 13 1996–2010
4 Emmanuel Kundé 102 17 1979–1992
5 Vincent Aboubakar 94 35 2010–present
6 Jacques Songo'o 80 0 1983–2002
Nicolas Nkoulou 80 2 2008–present
8 Roger Milla 77 43 1973–1994
9 François Omam-Biyik 73 26 1985–1998
Carlos Kameni 73 0 2001–2019

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Samuel Eto'o is Cameroon's top goalscorer with 56 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Samuel Eto'o (list) 56 118 0.47 1997–2014
2 Roger Milla 43 77 0.56 1973–1994
3 Vincent Aboubakar 35 94 0.37 2010–present
4 Patrick M'Boma 33 55 0.6 1995–2004
5 François Omam-Biyik 26 73 0.36 1985–1998
6 Alphonse Tchami 21 57 0.37 1988–1998
7 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 20 72 0.28 2010–present
8 Pierre Webó 19 59 0.32 2003–2014
9 Emmanuel Kundé 17 102 0.17 1979–1992
10 André Kana-Biyik 15 59 0.25 1985–1994

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 did not enter did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 Withdrew Withdrew
  1970 did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 4
  1974 3 1 0 2 1 3
  1978 2 0 1 1 2 4
  1982 Group stage 17th 3 0 3 0 1 1 Squad 8 5 1 2 16 5
  1986 did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 5
  1990 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 0 2 7 9 Squad 8 6 1 1 12 6
  1994 Group stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 3 11 Squad 8 5 2 1 14 4
  1998 25th 3 0 2 1 2 5 Squad 6 4 2 0 10 4
    2002 20th 3 1 1 1 2 3 Squad 10 8 1 1 20 4
  2006 did not qualify 10 6 3 1 18 10
  2010 Group stage 31st 3 0 0 3 2 5 Squad 12 9 2 1 23 4
  2014 32nd 3 0 0 3 1 9 Squad 8 5 2 1 12 4
  2018 did not qualify 8 2 5 1 10 9
  2022 Group stage 19th 3 1 1 1 4 4 Squad 8 6 0 2 14 5
      2026 to be determined to be determined
Total Quarter-finals 8/22 26 5 8 13 22 47 95 57 22 16 157 71

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1992 did not qualify
  1995
  1997
  1999
    2001 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad
  2003 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 3 1 Squad
  2005 did not qualify
  2009
  2013
  2017 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad
Total Runners-up 3/10 11 4 2 5 7 11

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Part of   France
  1959
  1962 Not affiliated to CAF
  1963
  1965 did not enter
  1968 did not qualify
  1970 Group stage 5th 3 2 0 1 7 5
  1972 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5
  1974 did not qualify
  1976
  1978
  1980
  1982 Group stage 5th 3 0 3 0 1 1
  1984 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 9 3
  1986 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 2 0 8 5
  1988 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 4 1
  1990 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 3
  1992 Fourth place 4th 5 2 2 1 4 3
  1994 did not qualify
  1996 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 5 7
  1998 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 1 1 5 4
    2000 Champions 1st 6 3 2 1 11 5
  2002 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 0
  2004 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 7 6
  2006 5th 4 3 1 0 8 2
  2008 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 14 8
  2010 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 6 8
    2012 did not qualify
  2013
  2015 Group stage 13th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  2017 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 7 3
  2019 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 4 3
  2021 Third place 3rd 7 4 3 0 14 7
  2023 to be determined
  2025
Total 5 Titles 20/33 91 45 30 16 137 82
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalties.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

African Nations ChampionshipEdit

African Nations Championship record
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 did not qualify
  2011 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 1 0 5 0
  2014 did not qualify
  2016 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 4
  2018 Group stage 12th 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2020 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 4 8
  2022 qualified
Total Fourth place 4/6 17 7 5 5 14 15

Summer OlympicsEdit

Olympic Games record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1900
to
  1960
did not enter
  1964
to
  1972
did not qualify
  1976 did not enter
  1980 did not qualify
  1984 Round 1 11th 3 1 0 2 3 5
  1988 did not qualify
1992–present See Cameroon national under-23 football team
Total Round 1 1/19 3 1 0 2 3 5
Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

African GamesEdit

African Games
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
  1978|th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  1987 4th 5 2 2 1 11 8
Total 2/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Most of the national sporting teams in Cameroon go by this name, including the Cameroon national rugby league team.[4]

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