Cameroon is the only African Nation to really make a big impact on the World Cup stage. Along with fierce rivals Nigeria they are credited as being the most successful African nation in part to their record seven appearances in 1982, 1990, 94, 98, 2002, 10 and 14. They are also the only African side to have reached the Quarter finals stage. The play in a rather flamboyant arrangement of Green, Yellow and Red, the colours of the national flag, ensemble and even caused controversy by playing in sleeveless shirts in one Cup of Nations and then a one piece. This contravened FIFA rules and they were fined. To make sure you don’t fall foul of such things when choosing Cheap Football Kits try out one of the many online retailers like where there won’t be such palaver. Football kits from kitking come in a variety of styles and colours and could be just the answer that you are looking for.
In 1982 Entrants from Africa were restricted to two teams and it fell to Algeria Cameroon to carry the torch for the continent. Do well and the competition would likely be expanded beyond the 24 teams to include more. Algeria set the right tome by beating West Germany 2-1 only to go out in a contrived result between the German’s and Austria. For their part Cameroon is Group one had to tough teams in the shape of Italy and Poland. They played a defence orientated game, unusual for African sides whose defence was always suspect, that saw two nil-nil draws with Poland and Peru before facing Italy, the eventual winners. They drew 1-1 and finished on equal points with Italy but were denied qualification as Italy had had a previous 1-1 with Peru therefore scoring one more goal. It was a solid start if a little disappointing.
Although not in Mexico ’86 Cameroon were back for Italia 90 and were feeling a bit optimistic. They had done well in the Cup of Nations and an opening match against Argentina, with Maradona and Caniggia. They pulled off the shock to the tournament by winning the group 1 nil after a solid defensive display by both teams. This then resulted in a 2-1 win over the greatly fancied Romania and then being thumped by the then Soviet Union 4 nil. A victory over Columbia with 2 Roga Milla goals in extra time set them up against England in the Quarters. It proved to be the most exciting match of the tournament with a defeat of 3-2 but many considering the Cameroonians to have shown great skill.
They have yet to equal this achievement.