Is Cameroon ready for the 2022 FIVB Men’s World Championship?
Since losing the final to Tunisia at the 2021 African Men’s Senior Volleyball Championships in Rwanda, Cameroon has intensified preparations for the 2022 FIVB Men’s World Championship in Poland/Slovenia.
The 2022 FIVB Men’s World Championship will be held in Poland and Slovenia from 26th August to 11 September. The Championship was originally planned to be held in Russia but Russia was stripped of organization rights due to the invasion of Ukraine.
Cameroon’s best performance was at the 2010 World Championship where they finished 13th place. The team is arguably one of the most successful sides in Africa; in fact, Cameroon has not missed any semifinals of the African Championships for the last decade. Cameroon came from behind to beat hosts Morocco in four sets to secure the men’s volleyball title on the final day of the 2019 African Games in Rabat.
In a build up to the World Championship, Cameroon finished second at the 2021 Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey. The African giants lost to Iran 1-3 (16-25, 25-18, 23-25, 14-25) in the final. It is worthy to note that Iran is 8th according to the FIVB World Rankings.
The West African giant currently ranked 28th in the world will face three of the strongest volleyball teams; France, Germany and Slovenia at this year’s FIVB Men’s World Championship. Cameroon has attended four senior World Championships since making her debut in 1990.
Below is a breakdown of their attendance and position:
1990 — 15th place
2010 — 13th place
2014 — 21st place
2018 — 19th place
The Cameroonians begin their campaign at the World Championship against World number 10, Slovenia on Saturday. Slovenia has reached three of the previous four European Championship finals. Although the Slovenians finished as runners-up in 2015, 2019, and 2021, they will be confident of achieving something special in front of their home fans.
On 28th August, Cameroon face Germany in their second match; the Germans are ranked 10th in the world and their only medal from a major championship was their 2014 World Championship bronze.
Cameroon’s last match will be against World number 2. After their historic Olympic title at Tokyo Games
France went on to win their first VNL gold in this year’s edition of the competition, with star outside Earvin Ngapeth earning the MVP award at the two events. They qualified for the World Championship as the team ranked fourth in the world.
Day 1 Fixtures (26th August)
Brazil v Cuba (Pool B)
Japan v Qatar (Pool B)
United States v Mexico (Pool C)
France v Germany (Pool C)
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