Cameroon

The past
As the first team to qualify for a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup through their own efforts on the field of play (South Africa were invited in 2005), Cameroon suffered badly at Rio de Janeiro 2006. Beaten 5-2 by the Solomon Islands and 10-2 by Portugal, the Indomitable Lions left Brazil on a positive note by edging out eventual finalists Uruguay 1-0 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

The present
Having beaten 2006 and 2007 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup participants Nigeria on the road to the CAF Beach Soccer Championship semi-finals, Cameroon undoubtedly felt confident about sealing their own place at this year's event. They did exactly that too, seeing off Egypt 4-3 to reach the final and book their ticket to Marseille.

The future
"We'll be ready for Marseille," promised captain Moudio Bertrand Abissonono after the Indomitable Lions made sure of their participation. One of the senior members of the squad at just 25, he and his colleagues can surely expect to feature in many more tournaments to come.

Facts

Former stars
Jacques Nyamsi, Etienne Ngiladjoe, Benoit Eyoum (2006)

Key players
Moudio Bertrand Abissonono (defender), Franck Augustin Batoum (striker), Aime Yombi A Moubeke (striker)

Qualifying statistics
They may have been subjected to a heavy 12-6 defeat in the African final, but Cameroon had enjoyed a faultless tournament until then, scoring 23 goals and conceding 15.

The numbers game
11 - the number of goals fired by Franck Augustin Batoum during qualification. Only Côte d'Ivoire forward Stephane Bobou Ayemou plundered more, helping himself to 12.