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Cameroon

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Cameroon Team Logo
  • Capital City: Yaoundé
  • Population: 13m
  • Languages: French, English, Bantu, tribal languages
  • Team Nickname: The Indomitable Lions
  • Official Team Web Site (in French)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Quarter Finals (1990)
  • Best African Cup of Nations Performance: Winners (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 & 2017)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 65 (December 2016)

Cameroon derives its name from early Portuguese explorers, who dubbed the Wouri river the "Rio dos Camaroes", meaning "River of prawns". Since then, Cameroon has been heavily influenced by both English and French settlers. Geographically, the country is quite diverse, with rain forests, savanna and desert, which are represented by the green, red and yellow vertical stripes of the nation's flag.

As a footballing nation, Cameroon have in the past made up for their lack of trophies with a reputation for entertainment! While not always the most disciplined of teams, their enthusiasm for the game won them many friends, and who can forget the great Roger Milla and his famous goals and subsequent celebrations?!

Ideas for a Cameroon Themed Football Party

Sharing food and having meals together is very important in the culture of Cameroon, so if you're throwing a Cameroon-themed football party, food needs to be on the agenda! On important celebrations or when guests visit, a goat, chicken, sheep or cow will be killed, cooked and shared. Meat is either cooked in a stew, or barbecued on skewers over an open fire, but a barbecue is a good substitute!

Cameroon Party Decorations

Food for a Cameroon Themed Party

The cuisine of Cameroon is one of the most varied in Africa. Staple foods in Cameroon include cassava, yam, rice, plantain, potato, maize, beans, and millet, but some are more popular in certain regions than others.

A typical main meal consists of rice, mashed potato, cassava or couscous served with a stew or soup. Vegetables such as spinach, onion, tomatoes, peppers and squashes are common, and dishes are flavoured with peanuts, chillies and ginger. There is a large variety of different fruits grown in Cameroon, including bananas, citrus fruits, pineapple, mangoes and grapes.

Try some of these next time The Indomitable Lions are playing:

Starters & Snacks

Main Courses Dessert Recipes

Drink for a Cameroon Themed Party

Locally produced alcohol is made from the available produce. Wine made from the fermented sap of palm trees, and beer made from millet are therefore the most widely available alcoholic drinks, although these are usually home-made or possibly sold at local markets - there are no big local supermarket brands making these products. Cardamon Tea is a popular non-alcoholic drink, as is Ginger Beer .

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