Japan vs. Cameroon: Will Eto'o deliver for Africa's best hope?
Cameroon has a central spine of experienced and talented players, including star striker, Samuel Eto’o, undoubtedly one of the best forwards in the world. Will he shine in the Japan vs. Cameroon match?
Cameroon start the tournament as Africa’s best hope. The team has a central spine of experienced and talented players, from the goalkeeper Carlos Kameni, who plies his trade in Spain, through to their star striker, Samuel Eto’o, undoubtedly one of the best forwards in the world.Skip to next paragraph
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Coach Paul Le Guen, who took over the side when they were struggling to qualify in August last year, did well to turn the campaign around but he struggled to find the right balance in January’s Africa Cup of Nations, where Cameroon could only reach the quarter-finals.
Le Guen’s biggest problem is working out how best to use Eto’o. As talented as Cameroon’s captain is, he is used to the luxury of playing alongside similarly gifted footballers. Instead of Wesley Sneijder providing the killer through ball or Diego Milito the perfect lay-off, Eto’o knows he cannot rely on similar five-star service from Achille Emana or Mohamadou Idrissou.
Cameroon look strong in the middle of the park, where both Arsenal’s Alex Song and Jean Makoun of Lyon have Champions League experience. Monaco’s Nicolas Nkoulou and Tottenham’s Sebastian Bassong and Benoit Assou-Ekotto should provide strength at the back. Le Guen will be hoping he doesn’t have to rely on the aging legs of Alex Song’s cousin, Rigobert, who first played for Cameroon in 1994.