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Eto’o is still the star man for Lions

CAMEROON

Think of Cameroon at the World Cup and 1990 will definitely come to mind, with Roger Milla dancing at the corner flag et al.

The Indomitable Lions are assured of their place in World Cup folklore as a result, but they and the rest of the footballing world know that they need to start making new memories on the big stage.

It is not as though they have not had chances to do so, and this will be their seventh appearance at the Finals thanks to a qualifying campaign that included just one defeat.

The Cameroon public remain unconvinced about the side’s merits, though, with various people - former skipper Patrick Mboma included - scotching talk of a successful tournament.

A last-16 place - something they last achieved in Italy - would mark that, but recent history is not on their side.

They failed to collect a point in the 2010 Finals and their performances on the home front in the African Nations Cup have left a lot to be desired, failing to make the Finals in both 2012 and 2013.

It is no surprise that much of what they hope to do hinges on Samuel Eto’o.

The veteran (above) their main weapon and has a proven track record of doing the business.

The 33-year-old came out of retirement for the play-off win over Tunisia and, after a quietly impressive season with Chelsea, will head to South America in good shape.

Behind him, Barcelona enforcer Alex Song will look to show the world he can still cut it when it matters, having failed to convince since moving to Spain.