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Cameroon's World Cup Preview: Roster Grades

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The Keeper

Espanyol star Carlos Idriss Kameni is probably the second best player on this Cameroon club and he will have his work cut out for him this World Cup with a not so great defensive unit supporting him.  Kameni though will be able to keep Cameroon chances of becoming one of the few African favorites for this Cup with fantastic play in the net.

Grade: B –

The Defense

Center back Rigobert Song is a team leader and the rock of the back unit with well over 130 national team caps during his international career.  Benoit Assou-Ekotto of Tottenham Hotspur is a reliable left back as well and he will be joined by Tottenham teammate Sebastien Bassong.  Timothee Atouba of Ajax should see some reserve minutes along with Pierre Wome.  Burnley’s Andre Bikey will likely start alongside Song.  Not a great unit here, but decent with plenty of players that have signed with major league teams.

Grade: C +

The Midfield

The Cameroon midfield is unknown on the worldwide level, but has many solid players that should be able to perform on a fairly high level this Cup.  Many of their unit’s stars play in the major leagues as well including France, England, and Spain as well.  Achille Emana, Somen Tchoyi, Jean Makoun, Stephane Mbia and Alexandre Song of Arsenal will makeup the players that see most of the action.  Probably the club’s weakest unit, but not bad at all.

Grade: C

The Forwards

Cameroon will rely heavily on Samuel Eto’o and Samuel Eto’o and Samuel Eto’o.  Have I made my point clear that Cameroon will need Eto’o to seriously step up if they want to win the Cup this year.  The former Barca star has shown some pretty poor form at times this year for Inter and it appears that the Cup might have come a year later then Eto’o would have liked for the sake of his confidence.  But he did put away that crucial goal against Chelsea so that should help him out this summer.  Pierre Webo of Mallorca will assist the star forward and he has impressed recently.  The two makeup a pretty underrated duo.

Grade: B +


Cameroon has an above average keeper, a decent back line, a mediocre midfield, and an excellent attack game.  If they can put together some solid defensive performances then the sky is truly the limit for the squad with Eto’o and Webo up top.  The key is that they need to keep matches low scoring and play steady defense for that to happen.  As far as African teams go though, Cameroon is among the strongest in the continent.

Final Grade: C +