World Cup 2014: Cameroon calls for Investigation into Failures

Meghan Reid June 29, 2014


Cameroon’s poor performance during the 2014 World Cup has left many of us scratching our heads trying to figure out how things went so wrong. With Alex Song missing from the match against Croatia for elbowing and Samuel Eto’o missing from the starting lineup for the Brazil match, things just didn’t make sense.

Face2Face Africa reports:

“Cameroon was reduced to 10-men, after Alex Song received a straight red card in the first half for elbowing Mario Mandzukic in the back.”

“Consequently, Cameroon was forced to play a man down for 50 minutes of the proceedings.”

“This allowed the recipient of the elbowing, Mandzukic to score twice in the 61st and 73rd minutes, putting Croatia in contention to make the 16th round.”

To make matters worse, “In an apparent display of frustration. Benoît Assou-Ekotto lost his cool and headbutted teammate Benjamin Moukandjo in the 90th minute.”

With all of the mistakes made and not a single victory, even the President of Cameroon is in question over the team’s performance.

The BBC reports:

“President Paul Biya has called for an inquiry into the country’s poor performance at the World Cup.” As a result, Prime Minister Philemon Yang has been ordered to open an investigation into the causes of the problems.”


The BBC reports:

A statement on Cameroon radio said: “The President of the Republic, President Biya, instructs the Prime Minister Head of government, Philemon Yang to open investigations on the causes of the unfortunate participation of the Indomitable Lions at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. “He should provide results within a month and make proposals for a deep and urgent reconstruction of Cameroon football.”

No word on when the investigation will begin, however a detailed explanation is needed. While Cameroon isn’t the only African country who performed questionably during the games, it will be interesting to see the end results and if any other African team will be investigated.



Last Edited by:Meghan Reid Updated: June 19, 2018


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