World Cup 2022: Cameroon is ready and focused - Rigobert Song

Published on: 23 November 2022

Cameroon manager Rigobert Song has stated that the Indomitable Lions are ready and focused ahead of their opening Group G game against Switzerland at the Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday.

Song, a former player who competed in four World Cup finals, declared that the country's football association had learnt from the mistakes of the past and that the present setup offered a strong platform for success in the competition.

Internal conflicts and disagreements over compensation and incentives have hampered previous Cameroon World Cup teams.

"We are very calm, and we're pleased that all of the mistakes we've made in the past have not been repeated, We haven't had any disputes about wages, about money, things have changed," Song told reporters on Wednesday.

"The CFA has (former striker) Samuel Eto'o as president, he's a hard worker, he's there every day trying to make sure the players are as well prepared as possible. We've seen mistakes made in the past, but this time we're calm we're ready, we're focused," he added.

Song is hopeful that his experience, which includes getting sent off at two consecutive tournaments, would benefit his team because Cameroon hasn't won a World Cup group match since beating Saudi Arabia in 2002.

"That experience is helpful when I talk to the young generation, they are professional, they know what they have to do, I'm just trying to support them, to help them do the best they can,"

Below is Cameroon's full squad for the Mundial:

Goalkeepers: Simon Ngapandouetnbu (Marseille), Devis Epassy (Abha), Andre Onana (Inter Milan)

Defenders: Nicolas Nkoulou (Aris Thessaloniki), Christopher Wooh (Rennes), Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders), Olivier Mbaizo (Philadelphia Union), Collins Fai (Al-Tai), Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Enzo Ebosse (Udinese)

Midfielders: Olivier Ntcham (Swansea City), Pierre Kunde (Olympiacos), Martin Hongla (Hellas Verona), Samuel Gouet (Mechelen), Gael Ondoua (Hannover), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Napoli), Jerome Ngom (Colombe Dja)

Forwards: Moumi Ngamaleu (Dynamo Moscow), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Besiktas), Vincent Aboubakar (Al-Nassr), Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon), Jean-Pierre Nsame (Young Boys), Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich), Christian Bassogog (Shanghai Shenhua), Marou Souaibou (Coton Sport)