Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Cameroon vs Guinea-Bissau, Predicted XI and more
- The Indomitable Lions played their last warm-up game against Mali, and here's a report on them ahead of their first AFCON clash on June 25
Cameroon will commence their African Cup of Nations campaign against Guinea-Bissau on June 25 at the Ismailia Stadium in Egypt. The Indomitable Lions are the defending champions, winning the trophy in 2017, and will try to capture their sixth AFCON title this year.
Seedorf's side is placed in Group F alongside Ghana and Benin, and the former side is the only potential threat for Cameroon in the league stage. The Lions are in good shape ahead of the tournament as they remained unbeaten in their preparation phase, including an 11-0 demolition of the Spanish side, Alcorcon.
In the previous tournaments, prominent figures like Roger Milla, Samuel Eto'o, Alexander Song graced the Cameroonian colours. The current side has no such personality who could impose themselves at an international stage. Despite their shortcomings, the Lions' history speaks for themselves and will provide a tough challenge to their competitors.
Vincent Aboubakar, the free-scoring striker, is not included in Cameroon's Cup of Nations 23-man-squad, owing to his incessant fitness issues. In Aboubakar's absence, the attacking responsibilities will be shared between Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Karl Toko-Ekambi.
The Cameroon side will begin their African Cup of Nations campaign with a fully fit group of 23 players available for selection.
Clarence Seedorf will set the side up in his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, with Angers striker, Stephane Bahoken, leading the line. The three attacking midfielders behind would be Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Karl Toko Ekambi, and Clinton Njie.
Andre Frank Zambo-Anguissa and Pierre Kunde Malong will form a defensive-midfield axis, and their drive and energy will provide impetus to the Senegal side.
In the defence, the skipper, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui will marshal the back-line with Yaya Banana adjacent to him. Collins Fai and Gaetan Bong will occupy the right-back and left-back positions, respectively. Andre Onana will don the pair of gloves, forming the last shielding line.
With much being said and done, let us glance through Cameroon's predicted starting lineup which will feature against Guinea-Bissau.
Cameroon: Andre Onana, Collins Fai, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Yaya Banana, Gaetan Bong, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Pierre Kunde Malong, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Karl Toko Ekambi, Clinton Njie, Stephane Bahoken
#1 Andre Frank Zambo-Anguissa
Frank Anguissa will have a significant role to play in the Cameroonian midfield due to the technical abilities he possesses. The 23-year-old earned a move to Fulham after his dominant displays at Marseille. He failed to impose himself in the Premier League as the Londoners crashed into the second division.
Anguissa lost his confidence, but under the stewardship of the legendary midfielder, Clarence Seedorf, the 23-year-old could rediscover his drive and provide the Lions with much-needed thrust from the middle of the park.
#2 Andre Onana
Andre Onana was an integral part of the successful Ajax side which claimed the domestic double last season and appeared in the Champions League semi-final. The goalkeeper was the starting point of the buildup play in Erik Ten Hag's fluent system.
Onana could provide a new dimension to Cameroon with his composure on the ball. The 23-year-old has immaculate sweeping instincts and is unafraid to come off his lines and his bravery could instil confidence in Lions' defence.Published 16 Jun 2019, 01:57 IST