It came as no surprise excerpt to die hard supporters of the Indomitable Lions but the out of shape, indiscipline and shambolic Lions were only defeated 1-0 by Mexico only with help from the Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan who disallowed two perfectly clear Mexican goals-and one for the lions. The rain soaked match will otherwise have ended 3-1 in favour of Mexico that finally set a country record-defeating an African team at the world cup for the first time in its 15 participation’s.
The Lions last won a world cup match during the 17th edition that took place in South Korea and Japan in 2002, managed to lose to a team that has been nicknamed Dos a Cero (Spanish for 2-0) because the feeble American soccer (football) team has consistently beaten them 2-0 in their last four matches. America is better known as a great basketball and not football playing nation.
As always, supporters of the Lions still have faith the team might somehow overcome their disorganization and amateurism and beat Croatia (that lost against host Brazil on day 1) and also perform the impossible and beat favourites Brazil in their last group match to have any chance of qualifying for the next round. Before the match, Ekeli Ebu, a Lions supporter in the capital Yaounde declared the team will win by hook or crook but that they could still qualify even if they lost. He refused to comment when the Lions were beaten. Honore Fon in Bamenda sounded more optimistic in this facebook post; “I am still a Lions fan, in victory or in defeat”. Thousands of Lions fans tweeted or posted facebook messages blaming everything from the rain to the yellow jersey the lions wore for he defeat. A frustrated Diamond Ebs Esoh in Ireland posted on facebook when he noticed things were not going well for the team;” If this goes on like this, I’m going to be speaking in tongues for the next 70 mins.”
BBC World service correspondent in Cameroon Randy Joe Saah described the lions as “rubbish” and called for the players to return 40 out of the 60 million frs CFA they arm twisted out of Fecafoot and the government before they boarded the plane to Brazil.
A day before the match against Mexico, team Captain Samuel Eto’o Fils tweeted an open letter to Cameroonians thanking them for supporting the team and himself for the past four world cup finals he has personally played in.
“As you well know, the little boy from new bell from a poor family, I never imagined having this type of future It is thanks to God, to you and your support that the young boy who did not have a future and sold on the streets with his mother finally realized this dream..” Samuel Eto’o said..
He thanked Mr Biya for his constant support to the team in times of difficulties, legendary Roger Milla for being one of the best from Cameroon, his fellow team mates and former players of the lions.
The reasons for Cameroon’s defeat at the hands of Mexico are not farfetched. The team did not prepare long enough, players still had to go on strike action to get bonuses they should have been programmed and paid at least two weeks in advance while the Mexicans policed Samuel Eto’o who was not in top form, to stop him from scoring.
The highlight of day 2 action was the shock humiliation of cup holders Spain by The Netherlands in a repeat of the 2010 world cup finals in South Africa. The Dutch team came from behind to defeat the world and European champions 5-1 and revenged their 0-1 defeat to Spain at the 2010 world cup finals that took place at the Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 11 2010.
In the other Day 2 fixture, Chile beat Australia 3-1
In Day 3 action today June 14th 2014, Columbia clash against Greece at 5pm, Uruguay plays against Costa Rica at 8pm while England clash with Italy in the biggest match of the day.