Sunday 18 March 2018

African failures no coincidence, says Cameroon coach Le Guen

Phil Barnett

CAMEROON coach Paul Le Guen claims it is "no coincidence" African teams have fallen flat in South Africa -- but refused to elaborate on why he believes they have failed to make an impression .

Le Guen's side face Holland today having already crashed out of the World Cup, joining hosts South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria in making early exits.

The Ivory Coast are also all but mathematically out with one game to play, though Ghana last night qualified to play the USA in the round of 16.

Cameroon slipped to poor defeats at the hands of Japan and Denmark to render today's match at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium immaterial, for which Le Guen has taken the blame, saying: "If there were errors committed, they were my fault and let's not try to blame someone else."

However, he was cryptic when asked why African sides have failed to rise to the occasion of the first World Cup to be held on their soil.

"I'm not going to be able to explain it at length but there is a certain logic behind it, it's certainly not a coincidence," said the Frenchman, who has refused to comment on reports linking him with Australia.

Le Guen admits there is only pride to play for against already qualified Holland tomorrow, but also insists the game still matters.

"This is an important match for me, the stadium is going to be full, there is a TV audience, it is for image and prestige."

Irish Independent

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