Shame on Cameroon

2010-06-24 21:13

Cameroon 1
Netherlands 2

Now here’s

some real shame.

Paul Le Guen

and his pride of non-dominating Lions were eliminated from the World Cup – they

left without a fight, minus their pride and after failing to score a single

point.

After their two

losses in the first two games, they were out. But now they are down.

Netherlands

exacerbated Cameroon’s plight when they inflicted a loss on the West Africans

tonight.

It was

Martin Luther King Jr who stated that “the ultimate measure of a man is not where

he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times

of challenge and controversy.”  

With the

odds stacked heavily against them, Cameroon failed to prove their worth.

Needing at

least a draw to redeem their tainted image, the Indomitable Lions continued

with their downward spiral.

For a team

that is ranked the highest of all World Cup representatives from Africa, this

is beyond pathetic.

What is even

more worrying is that, being the African side that has made the most appearances

at the World Cup (six) and having been the first to reach the quarterfinals in

1990 – a record which was matched by Senegal eight years ago – Cameroon seem to

be dilapidating.

They failed

to qualify for the World Cup in 2006, and now finished 32nd.

The team’s

woeful performance was enough to send even their staunch supporters to slumber

land.

When Samuel

Eto’o was blocked out by the Orange defence and minutes later Jean Makoun shot

straight at keeper Maarten Stekelenburg while they were trailing 1-0, it became

clear that this was just not Cameroon’s night.

Cameroon

went into the break on a deficit after Robin van Persie blasted through keeper

Hamidou Souleymanou’s legs following a one-two with Rafael van der Vaart in the

36th minute.

But when Van

der Vaart used his hand to block a free kick in the area in the second half,

Cameroon received a lifeline as referee Pablo Pozo pointed to the spot.

Eto’o does

not miss.

And he

didn’t.

The Inter

Milan forward expertly beat Stekelenburg in the 65th minute to score his second

goal of the tournament.

But just as

Cameroon thought they had salvaged a point, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar finished from a

rebound after substitute Arjen Robben had hit the upright seven minutes from

the end minute.

Playing in

his fifth World Cup, veteran defender Rigobert Song received a loud cheer from

the crowd when he came on as a second-half substitute ten minutes before

Netherlands’ winning goal.

But even his

presence did not have a positive impact on the Indomitable Lions.


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