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Cameroon XI to play Switzerland in their opening World Cup game: Aboubakar benched

11:00 SAST 2022/11/24
Rigobert Song, Cameroon
The Indomitable Lions have lined up their team to play the Swiss side on Thursday.

Cameroon will start their campaign in the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar against Switzerland in the Group G game to be staged at Al Janoub Stadium.

Striker Vincent Aboubakar has been benched paving the way for Bayern Munich forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who has been doing well this season.

The Indomitable Lions hope to start on a high to increase their chances of advancing from the group that is also made up of Brazil and Serbia.

It is their eighth appearance in the global competition, the best they have ever done is get into the quarter-finals in 1990.

Here is how they are lining up against Switzerland.

  • Andre Onana Cameroon

    Goalkeeper: Andre Onana

    The experienced Onana is having a great season in Serie A with Inter Milan and Rigobert Song has no problem with him in goal.

  • Jean-Charles Castelletto Cameroon

    Centre-back: Jean-Charles Castelletto

    The 27-year-old has been impressive for Nantes in Ligue 1 and has been drafted into the heart of defence.

  • Nicolas Nkoulou Cameroon

    Centre-back: Nicolas Nkoulou

    The former Watford defender is one of the most experienced players in the Cameroon squad and will partner Castelletto.

  • Nouhou Tolo Cameroon

    Left-back: Nouhou Tolo

    The 25-year-old has the required pace to move the ball forward and his crosses from the left can help the Cameroon strikers to push for goals.

  • Collins Fai of Cameroon.

    Right-back: Collins Fai

    Fai, who plays for Saudi Arabian club Al-Tai, has the tendency to overlap and this will help Cameroon to attack Switzerland.

  • Martin Hongla of Cameroon.

    Central midfielder: Martin Hongla

    The 24-year-old Hongla made his debut for Cameroon on November 16, 2020, in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique and has since been a regular in the side.

  • Andre Zambo Anguissa of Cameroon.

    Central midfielder: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa

    He has two goals and three assists for Napoli in Serie A this season and Song will hope the bulky midfielder can have the same impact against the Swiss side.

  • Cameroon Samuel Gouet

    Central midfielder: Samuel Oum Gouet

    He has been doing well for Belgian side Mechelen, having featured in nine league matches already. Song has put him there to ensure the midfield is controlled well and the likes of Granit Xhaka are checked.

  • Bryan Mbeumo

    Right wing: Bryan Mbeumo

    The 23-year-old Mbeumo is having a great season with Brentford in the Premier League, having scored three goals and provided one assist. He has made his World Cup debut.

  • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Cameroon.

    Forward: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

    The 33-year-old Choupo-Moting will be the star attraction for the Indomitable Lions in the Gulf nation following his superb performances for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and Champions League.

  • Karl Toko Ekambi of Cameroon.

    Left wing: Karl Toko Ekambi

    On a good day, Toko Ekambi can be a threat to any defenders and it is the reason he is starting.