Oh no Africa!

2010-06-19 21:55

Cameroon are the highest ranked of the six African countries at the

2010 World Cup, and are among the only two sides to have reached the

quarterfinal in the biggest football tournament in the world. Tonight, they failed to show why.

After a shaky, shock start that saw them losing 1-0 to Japan on

Monday, Paul Le Guen’s side continued with their slide tonight.

Though their performance was not bad, it was their failure to

snatch a good result that saw them ending with no point after two games, thus

leading to their plane idling.

The Indomitable Lions took an early lead through Samuel Eto’o, only

for Nicklas Bendtner and Dennis Rommedahl to net for Denmark in both halves.

With Cameroon swamping the Danes from the very first whistle, it

was not surprising that the scoreboard remained frozen for only 10 minutes on a

cold Saturday night.

It was defrosted when Achille Webo intercepted a lame pass and

off-loaded to Eto’o, who blasted past keeper Thomas Sorensen.

Achille Emana, who was an Achilles’ Heel for the Danish ­de­fence,

came close two minutes later when his shot went inches wide.

A move that was initiated by a long ball from the Denmark defence

and aided by a square pass from Rommedahl on the right, was completed by

Bendtner for an equaliser in the 33rd minute.

Even at the club where he draws his monthly wages, Arsenal,

Bendtner is known for doing the simplest things in the simplest manner – tonight’s goal was no different.

Cameroon provided two thrilling minutes towards the end of the

first half, but did not strike a goal.

In the 42nd minute, Eto’o’s attempt hit the upright while a minute

later Emana cut through the defence only for his attempted lob to be dealt with

by Sorensen.

After countless missed opportunities by Cameroon after resumption,

Rommedahl showed them how it’s done when he converted in the 61st minute.

Ten matches into the tournament, Africa’s wait for a second win


More worrying for the continent is the scoring inability, with none

of the six representatives having scored more than once in a game.

Africa has only five goals to show for their efforts – or lack


This could end up being an African World Cup merely by name and not

by performance, with only Ghana standing a chance of making it through to the

second round.

Four African sides – SA, Nigeria, Algeria and Cameroon – occupy the

last spot in their groups, with Ivory Coast still to play their second game

Brazil this evening.


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