Why are 2022 World Cup side Cameroon called the Indomitable Lions? | The Sun

CAMEROON are competing at the 2022 World Cup and will look to progress to the knockout rounds.

Having qualified for six World Cups previously, the African giants will be hopeful of going further than any of their continental rivals in Qatar.

Rigobert Song's side will be hopeful of qualifying for the later rounds as they face Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland in Group G.

It will be atough task for the Indomitable Lions, with the Africans hoping to live up to their nickname and show heart during the tournament.

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Why are Cameroon called the Indomitable Lions?

Teams around the globe all have their own nicknames for their sporting teams, but none are quite as impressive as that of Cameroon.

The African giants are known as the Indomitable Lions, a name so recognisable in African football as they competed at the very top.

Sharing a similar name to the Three Lions of England, Cameroon were previously nicknamed the Lions in a nod to the animal which lives mostly in the north of Cameroon.

However, in 1972, the country's national team nickname was changed as the word indomitable was added to the beginning of their name.

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By definition, indomitable means "impossible to subdue or defeat" and president Ahmadou Ahidjo decided to add this to the beginning of their nickname in order to make the team more recognisable and impressive.

Perhaps this paid off, with Africa Cup of Nations victories coming in 1988, 2000 and 2002 in a period of dominance for the Indomitable Lions.

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