Africa’s first World Cup football tournament has so far been a big disappointment for Samuel Eto’o and Cameroon and the other African teams, whose overall record, through 11 matches, stands at one win, six losses and four draws.
“The Indomitable Lions” of Cameroon have the proudest World Cup pedigree of any African team. They are making their African record sixth World Cup appearance, but on Saturday, the Lions became the first World Cup team to be officially eliminated from the tournament, after a 2-1 loss to Denmark in Pretoria, South Africa.
Eto’o scored Cameroon’s goal against the Danes, and after the match, the three-time African Footballer of the Year described Cameroon’s World Cup ouster as the biggest disappointment of his stellar career.
Cameroon was one of the African teams I thought could advance to the World Cup’s knockout phase. I had hoped to see two and maybe even three African teams reach the Round of 16, but with only one African victory in 11 World Cup matches, that now seems very unlikely.