Assessing how Cameroon international players performed with their respective clubs ahead of their two group 2022 FIFA WC qualifiers against Mozambique.
By Beng Emmanuel
The international break is finally back.
After enduring mixed-fortunes in their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions are poised to return to winning ways when they clash with Mozambique this month.
But a lot has changed since the team last played. Some of its players have been in very fine form at club level and looked well at their best. This could be an obvious threat for potential rivals.
Ginainforms looks at the top five players of the Indomitable Lions whose current form could be crucial during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The list features only players who were named in the Cameroon squad for their two group matches against Mozambique in the African qualifying competition for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon)
He is no doubt one of the strikers with the longest scoreless streak for Cameroon, but Karl Toko Ekambi has been phenomenal for his club Olympic of Lyon lately.
The 29-year-old forward scored a brace and assisted once as Lyon defeated Danish side Brondby during match day two of the UEFA Europa League. The win helped the French based club continue their perfect start, winning their first two games.
He however couldn’t replicate the same form during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne which featured the Cameroonian duo Yvan Neyou and Harold Moukoudi.
Ekambi, 29 has now scored three goals this season for Lyon. He last scored for Cameroon in 2019.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich)
The former Paris Saint Germain striker has the best minute per-goal ratio in Europe’s top five Leagues. He has also registered three assists.
He came off the bench to score his seventh goal of the season as Bayern Munich humiliated Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League last week.
But his team’s winning streak ended on Sunday when they suffered their first home defeat in 23 months to Frankfurt 1-2.
Like Ekambi, Choupo-Moting hasn’t scored for Cameroon since 2019.
Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa (Napoli)
Zambo Anguissa quickly rose to the challenge after his move to Napoli from Fulham.
He made his debut for the Italian giants on September 12 and put up the best individual performances in the Serie A in his first appearance.
He has only played five games this season but has become a dominant force in the midfield. He helped Napoli top the League before the international break.
The 25-year-old featured for Cameroon during their opening World Cup fixtures against Malawi and Ivory Coast. He is an indispensable player in Coach Antonio Conceicao’s line-up and is expected to play a pivotal role when they face Mozambique.
Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys)
Ngamleu is one of the few players in the Cameroon team to have played almost every minute since Coach Antonio Conceicao replaced Clarence Seedorf.
His emphatic display against a star-studded Manchester United side in the UEFA Champions League-where he scored the equalizer- only confirmed why he is regarded as one of Conceicao’s favourite protégé.
He was on target for Young boys in the 6-nil win at Servette on match day nine of the Switzerland Super League last weekend. Ngamaleu has recorded 2 assists in the League as well.
The 27-year-old scored for Cameroon against Ivory Coast although they lost in Abidjan 1-2. There could be more goals this international break for the former Coton Sport star in the weeks ahead.
Vincent Aboubakar (Al-Nassr)
Vincent Aboubakar is no surprise to the list. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winner has endured a difficult start with his new club in the Saudi Professional League but has been able to stamp his mark.
He is Al-Nassr third top scorer of the season with three goals in six games which he started four of them.
The 29-year-old Indomitable Lions captain helped Cameroon to victory scoring a stunner against Malawi. He became the first player to score at the Olembe Sport Complex in their first game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Apart from the aforementioned players, the head Coach of Cameroon has many stellar names on his list.
Pierre Kunde Malong, Ignatius Ganago, Harold Moukoudi, and Stephan Bahoken
There can also be goals from unlikely sources as Cameroon aims to grab all six points against Mozambique.
Group F Standings
1. Côte D’ivoire-4pts
Upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Fixtures:
· Match day three: Cameroon vs Mozambique
Friday October 8, 2021
· Match day four: Mozambique vs Cameroon
Monday October 11, 2021