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
After their two
losses in the first two games, they were out. But now they are down.
exacerbated Cameroon’s plight when they inflicted a loss on the West Africans
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.”
odds stacked heavily against them, Cameroon failed to prove their worth.
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
to qualify for the World Cup in 2006, and now finished 32nd.
woeful performance was enough to send even their staunch supporters to slumber
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.
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
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.
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.
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.