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Cameroon’s World Cup Squad player profiles

Cameroon's World Cup Squad player profiles
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Tactical Analysis: Cameroon’s World Cup Squad player profiles and profiles who should have been called up to the Indomitable Lions squad

BraggsSports brings you some Cameroon indomitable Lions players profiles heading to the world cup in Qatar with regards to whether they fit the called-up or not as well as those who should have made the squad list.

Player profile: Tactical view on why Ignatius Ganago should have been called to the Cameroon World Cup Squad

Not only is Ignatius Ganago’s scoring record ridiculous lately with Nante but he is also the closest striker to Samuel Eto’o from a stylistic point of view. His link up play, transitional passing, presence up front, confidence and ruthlessness in front of goal all replicates Eto’o. Souaibou is different.

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Marou Souaibou provides runs in behind, speed, the ability to be an outlet and is more so a pure forward than the better centre forwards that Ganago is. Marou Souaibou is a top player but if Rigobert Song was looking for a back up for Vincent Aboubakar, Ignatius Ganago should have been that man.

Player Profile: Jerôme Onguene (Not called up makes sense)

I wouldn’t pick Jerôme Onguene either. His style/value, which is that of a super athletic high line Centre back who is also difficult to beat down the sides, is already sufficiently present in the squad in Charles Castelleto. Enzo Ebosse would even further make his consideration impossible.

Style of play is interchangeable even in a short tournament. It’s about quality and form, both of which he isn’t still ahead of Jean Charles Castelleto and to a certain extent Enzo Ebosse as Left Centre Back as well.

Player Profile: Zambo Anguissa

Zambo Anguissa right now can grab a game by the scruff of the neck and dominate it creatively when required. Picking him back after he was not in the last call up was an easy decision, especially when we don’t have any reliable creators like that outside of Bryant Mbeumo. Toko Ekambi and Choupo Moting can but are inconsistent with it.

Nkoudou can be a bit like that too. On his day he can dictate attacks the way Toko Ekambi/Choupo Moting can. Ngamaleu still can’t as he has yet to develop la pausa. Everything is quick with him which is why his game is centered around attacking space off the ball or combining quickly in tight spaces.

What Zambo Anguissa offers is a guarantee in this sense. Every single game for Naples he has lots of touches, creates chances, initiates combinations…and that can occur from the left or right half space. He’s a top, top player and would be our most important player in progressing play.

Player Profile: Pierre Kounde

I still think Pierre Kounde can offer lots of invaluable midfield traits. His energy on and off the ball combined with his ability to attack the box from deep can offer Cameroon something different if we are in need of a goal. I think he should be given more game time.

He [Pierre Kounde] will never take a game by the horns on the ball but what he does offer is relentless energy in midfield. His ability to cover ground is freakish. What he needs is a box to box role in a midfield 3 where he has license to roam around like France’s N’golo Kanté.

EDITOR’S PICK

Player Profile: Junior Onana (Not called up makes sense)

Junior Onana is unfortunate to miss out but he lacks the off-ball energy that someone like Pierre Kunde brings and being more devastating when it comes to things like set pieces and crossing. We have 4 steady options in midfield and one dynamic one in Zambo Anguissa.

Player Profile: Michael Ngadeu (Not called up makes no sense)

Michael Ngadeu would have been exactly the defending first Centre back profile we need. Most of the other starting options (Charles Casteletto and Enzo Ebosse) play at angles more conducive in the first phase; Nicolas Nkoulou defensively questionable. Oumar Gonzales another shout who’s much superior to Olivier Mbaizo but was not called up.

More so, Michael Ngadeu is so comfortable in central spaces. He scans well and when he’s confident he makes the decisive actions early. His ridiculous balance, little steps, intensity and concentration are exactly the ingredients you need to stop potent attackers like Vlahović, Richarlison etc. Add his clean and crisp passing technique and you can do a lot with him.

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Player Profile: Nohou Tolo and Collins Fai

Nohou Tolo gave one of the best performances I have seen in the AFCON 2021 earlier this year at trying to control Mohamed Salah. Salah didn’t beat him once (fouled him a couple of times but that’s a defender’s natural tool to control players). But he is one of the dullest guys I have seen in the opposition third. Everything is a matter of value and appropriate placing of that value.

Writing these paragraph made me realize how moronic the 3 at the back is. FBs [fullbacks] aren’t WBs[wingbacks]. Why do managers force formations that don’t suit their players?

Do Fai Collins (especially) and Nohou Tolo have recovery pace? How have they been neutralizing opposition runners? Maybe one day, people will realize that it’s a matter of anticipation and positioning and athletic intensity rather than sheer pace and power.

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According to my previous paragraph here, you will notice my observation being that Collins Fai has what Nohou Tolo lacks (neutralizing opposition runners because he is more offensive). While Nohou Tolo has what Collins Fai lacks(recovery pace and intensity). Balance is needed, meaning we can’t play with two full backs who lack one of the 2 main Characteristics that makes a FB important in a 3-5-2.

Nohou Tolo’s biggest asset is arguably his recovery pace. Its what enabled him to play as the cover defender at the Afcon 2021. Collins Fai has nothing close to that. He definitely can’t play the same role, but probably something more dynamic in the third phase with his immense crossing ability.

To put it simple, Collins Fai is more now like the 39 years old Dani Alves lacking physical traits buy dynamically astute while Nohou Tolo is more like Brazil’s Alex Sandro.

Conclusively,

For all its controversies, this season’s dynamic truly is absorbing. The congested fixture list and injury concerns, of course, but there’s also a very legitimate psychological aspect to delve into. The World Cup is a big deal – for most, the pinnacle.

There’s only going to be one winner and as for the rest, especially those representing the ‘bigger’ nations – it takes some processing time, a *necessity* that won’t subsist. The intangibles matter – now, more than ever. Morale, mental health, mental fatigue, initiative… the relevance is inescapable. Some will channel it advantageously, the others – detrimentally. That could well be THE difference.

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