2014 FIFA WC: Eliminated Cameroon needs to regain esteem (Preview)

Cuiaba, Brazil (PANA) - Cameroon, one of Africa's five teams at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil, goes into Monday night's match against host Brazil as a mere formality, having already been eliminated from the tournament.

Once the beacon of African football in the World Cup, the Cameroonians are having one of their worst outings ever, conceding five goals and not scoring any so far.
  
If the overall goal statistics of Cameroon at the World Cup is to be considered, the country has conceded most goals than any other African nation.

Ahead of Monday's match, Cameroon has conceded 39 goals in 22 matches.
  
Its clash Monday with Brazil may as well be to prevent an out pouring of goals.

The hosts will be out to make a positive statement after their last outing with perennial regional rival Mexico ended barren.
    
This is the 100th World Cup match to be played by Brazil, which is the second side to reach this milestone following the feat of Germany last week in the encounter with Portugal.

Both Brazil and Cameroon have gone toe-to-toe on four previous occasions and Brazil has the edge historically with three wins to Cameroon’s one.

However, Cameroon won the last encounter, in the Confederations Cup 2003, when a Samuel Eto’o strike sealed a 1-0 victory.

Monday's match will be Cameroon’s first showdown against a host team in the World Cup, and it remains to be seen whether the Africans can use that occasion to salvage some of their much-dented image at the tournament.
-0- PANA KS/SEG 23June2014

23 june 2014 10:24:11




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