AFCON 2023: Essential information about Cameroon

AFCON 2023: Essential information about Cameroon

Cameroon will be taking part in AFCON 2023, to be held in Côte d'Ivoire from January 13 to February 11, 2024.Five-time winners of the competition, the Indomitable Lions are one of the continent's greatest nations. Sport News Africa tells you all about Cameroon and the AFCON.

Country: Cameroon
Capital: Yaoundé
Surface area: 475,442 km2
Population: 27,200,000
Official languages: French and English
Inhabitants : Cameroonians
Motto: Peace, Work, Country
Team nicknames: Indomitable Lions

Cameroon and the AFCON
Title: 5
Final: 7
Participations before AFCON 2023: 20
Host country: 2

AFCON history
1970: Eliminated in group stage
1972: third

1982: eliminated in group stage

1984: Winner

1986: Runner-up

1988: Winner

1990: Eliminated in group stage

1992: Semi-finalist

1996: eliminated in group stage

1998: Quarter-finalist

2000: Winner

2002: Winner

2004: Quarter-finalist

2006: Quarter-finalist

2008: Finalist

2010: Quarter-finalist

2015: Eliminated in group stage

2017: Winner

2019: Round of 16

2021: Third

AFCON record
91 matches
45 wins
30 draws
16 defeats
151 goals scored
90 goals conceded


Player to watch: Vincent Aboubakar

In their quest for their 6th continental title in Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon will be guided by their captain and top scorer, Vincent Aboubakar.Always present and successful at the AFCON, the 31-year-old striker wants to continue to make his mark on the history of the Indomitable Lions. The only scorer in the 2017 final against Egypt, Vincent Aboubakar is the previous edition's top scorer with 8 goals. For this meeting in Côte d'Ivoire, he will have a personal challenge to take up with Cameroon. With 9 goals in total at the AFCON, he could move up to 2nd place in the ranking of Cameroon's top scorers in this competition, joining Patrick Mboma if he manages to score a goal. Even if Samuel Eto'o's record of 18 goals is almost unattainable, it is surely in the mind of Cameroon's captain.


The coach: Rigobert Song

Rigobert Song to experience his first AFCON on the Indomitable Lions bench

Song's first appearance in charge of the Cameroon national team will see him attempt to lead his team to another title. A former Cameroon captain and two-time AFCON winner, the creator of the "theory of danger" intends to imbue his players with his winning DNA in order to succeed in Côte d'Ivoire. Drawing on his hard-won qualification for the 2022 World Cup, Rigobert Song is still resilient, with a bold and ambitious approach at a time when Cameroon no longer have as many talented players as before.


Cameroon's schedule in Group C:

January 15: Cameroon - Guinea

January 19: Senegal - Cameroon

January 23: Gambia - Cameroon

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