Cameroon progressed to the round of 16 with goals from Karl Toko Ekambi, an own-goal from James Gomez, and a stoppage time winner from Christopher Wooh. In the upcoming match, they will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The Indomitable Lions no longer have PUMA as a technical sponsor, but previously enjoyed a memorable partnership. This collaboration saw two of their kits being banned by FIFA. In 2002, the team went into the Africa Cup of Nations in Mali as favorites, with notable talents such as FECAFOOT’s President and Cameroon icon, Samuel Eto’o, current head coach Rigobert Song, as well as Geremi, Lauren, and Patrick M’Boma.
Despite their success in winning the tournament, one of the major talking points from the 2002 AFCON was their sleeveless jerseys. FIFA ordered their Federation to change the kits, resulting in the addition of black sleeves to meet regulations at the 2002 World Cup hosted in South Korea and Japan.
The innovative kit led to consequences for the team, including a fine of over $150,000 and a deduction of six points in a 2006 World Cup qualifier. However, FIFA later reversed their penalty after a lawsuit from the Cameroonians, who claimed they were not aware that a one-piece kit is illegal.