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End of the Road: Cameroon on their World Cup Exit

End of the Road: Cameroon on their World Cup Exit

Finish: Fourth place, Group stage

(Featured Image: Cameroon players | source: FIFA)

 

Even before they embarked on their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign, Cameroon already had troubles with their fate in the finals. Issues on ‘small’ player bonuses almost hindered the side from travelling to Brazil and the insistent political turmoil of the country also influenced the players’ drive to do well in the tournament. Perhaps due to these, with some probably unidentified underlying factors, The Indomitable Lions failed to showcase their maximum potential in the matches and landed at the bottom of the group with zero points scored.

 

Cameroon’s failure to advance through the Round of 16 was hampered by a series of misdemeanors from the players. In their 4-0 defeat against Croataia, Benoit Assou-Ekotto had a ramble with fellow Cameroonian player Benjamin Moukandjo after the former pushed his head into the latter’s face. The fight was only subdued when another team-mate separated the two. Also in the same match, Alex Song was sent off for elbowing Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic. Such incidents caused the national football federation to condemn the players for their embarrassing behaviors.

 

The Cameroonians’ disappointment of their football team was more than just an emotional agony for the country as a whole. The president Paul Biya wanted to carry out an investigation over the poor showings and gave his prime minister one month to submit a report on the squad’s “inglorious campaign.”

 

In their three fixtures in the Group stage, Cameroon conceded nine goals and scored only one. They posted the lowest goal difference among all 32 participants in the first round.

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