The defending AFCON champions will on Tuesday evening face Guinéa in Ismaïla.Ahead of the game and race to defend their tittle here are 13 facts to keep about the Cameroon team.
1)Cameroon can boast of 5 AFCON title wins in 19 appearances of 32 editions of the competition.
2)Cameroon have 10 players who won the 2017 AFCON in their current squad and 9 AFCON debutants.
3)Cameroon have 1 player who was in the squad in 2006 when Egypt last hosted the competition. Idriss Carlos Kameni was Cameroon’s third choice keeper in that event and will likely occupy the same role in this one.
4)All 5 AFCON trophies the team has won has been won by a foreign coaches.
5) Belgian Coach Hugo Henry Bross won the 2017 AFCON,Clarence Seedorf will mastermind the title defense. No coach has ever won the AFCON with Cameroon and stay to defend the crown.
6)Some members of the 1986 generation of Cameroon players that lost their title defense to Egypt in that year had played the 1982 World Cup with Paul Bahoken.Paul was one of the center forwards in the Cameroon team of the 80’s. 33 years later his son Stephane Cedric Bahoken is set to make his AFCON debut for Cameroon as a striker too.
7) Cameroon’s youngest and oldest players are of the goalkeeping compartments: Ondoa was born on December 24 1996, (23) while third choice keeper, Carlos Kameni was born on 18th February 1984 (33).
When Kameni won the 2002 AFCON with Cameroon,Ondoa was a 6 year old boy.
8)The Cameroon technical staff won an accumulated amount of 34 trophies in their playing days. The trophies range from AFCON Trophies for the likes of Solomon Olembe,Alioum Boukar;Champions League trophies for the likes of Seedorf and Kluivert.
9)Two (Andre Onana and Fabrice Ondoa) of Cameroon’s 3 Goalkeepers come from the same family. Onana is Ondoa’s cousin. The last time Egypt hosted the AFCON,in 2008,the Cameroon squad also had 2 persons from the same family. Alexandre Song and Rigobert Song.
10) Cameroon had Le Coq Sportif as their kits provider in 1986 when they came to Egypt as defending AFCON Champions. It is the same case in this edition of the tournament.
11)None of the 23 Cameroon players picked for the tournament non is currently based in Cameroon.All but 1 of the squad members are based in Europe.
The squad has players from 15 different National Leagues. French League 1 has 4 representatives,the most.
12) Two players in this squad have burged the back of the net before when these two met some time back in an AFCON qualifier: Chopou-Moting, and most notably Ngadeu Michael in the 2017 AFCON group stage Gabon.
13) Just one Dutchman has won the AFCON in the history of the tournament; Clemence Westerhof back in 1994. Is Clarence Seedorf the next Man from the Orange Nation?.
The assembly of players from different Leagues around the World has always been Cameroon’s strength in major competitions like the AFCON.
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