Sport is full of success, disappointment, victory and togetherness, but none of that was shown by the Cameroon team on their way out of the Women’s FIFA World Cup. Even after the final whistle, their ridiculous antics were carried into the press conference by head coach Alain Djeumfa.
Key Events: (Minute of game)
- Yvonne Leuko clearly slaps Nikita Parris on the face, but only shown a yellow card. (4′)
- Augustine Ejangue clearly passes the ball back to the keeper, who picks it up, resulting in an indirect free-kick. (12′)
- The following two minutes see the Cameroon players argue about the decision, and England player Toni Duggan is spat at by Ejangue. Eventually Steph Houghton scores for England from the indirect free-kick. (14′)
- Just as half-time approaches England’s Ellen White scores a goal, which is disallowed for offside. Once checked via VAR, the goal is given. (45′)
- Cameroon players refuse to continue as they believe they have been cheated, and the situation isn’t being helped by their coach. (45′)
- Cameroon start the second-half well and score immediately. The goal is rightly chalked-off for offside, after viewing it on VAR. (49′)
- The Cameroon players are devastated, and Ajara Nchout (the scorer of the goal) needs consoling by both her teammates and coach after being in tears. (49′)
- Alex Greenwood scores after a well worked corner kick. (58′)
- Penalty not given to England after a VAR check. (78′)
- After a late and dangerous tackle, Alexandra Takounda is given a yellow card after a VAR check. (90’+9′)
Have a look at the amazing behaviour for yourself;
Were Cameroon right to be upset?
Leuko, Ejangue and Takounda should all have been sent off.
The England goal that was given, and the disallowed Cameroon goal were both correct decisions.
England should have been given a penalty.
Worst of all, after the game the Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa came out and talked about the injustice that his team was subjected to, adding that he was proud of the passion his team showed in defeat.
What a load of rubbish!
Mr. Djeumfa clearly needs to get back to doing his coaching badges, and maybe start with the rules of the game as he doesn’t know them. I can understand the showing of blind support for your team, but when all the dust settles, I hope the Cameroon team as a whole, feel embarrassed by their behaviour and get fined accordingly for effectively sulking like a bunch of toddlers.
What about England?
A magnificent display by the Lionesses. The way they handled themselves throughout the game and during the press conferences were exemplary.
The only positive to be taken from a game that, for the lack of a better word, was a complete farce. So much so that former USA goalkeeper, Hope Solo, was trying to make excuses for the Cameroon team in what could only be described as a salvage act.
Unfortunately for England coach, Phil Neville, his team now have a nervous wait to see if Steph Houghton will recover from the brutal tackle against Cameroon in time to face Norway in the quarter-finals.
For Cameroon, it should back to the rule book. Hopefully they get through the whole thing without calling it quits.