Following their first round exits from soccer’s World Cup, the presidents of Cameroon and Ghana are calling for inquiries to probe the teams’ disappointing performances.
Cameroon lost 1-0 to Mexico, 4-0 to Croatia and 4-1 to host country Brazil in its seventh appearance since debuting in the sport’s showpiece tournament in 1982. The team was also eliminated in the first round of the last World Cup in South Africa four years ago.
President Paul Biya has instructed Prime Minister Philemon Yang to start an investigation into why the team performed so poorly, conceding nine goals while recording just one.
“He should provide results within a month and make proposals for a deep and urgent reconstruction of Cameroon soccer,” said Biya.
Central defender Alex Song received a red card and an International Soccer Federation (FIFA) three-match ban for elbowing Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic while defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto head-butted teammate Benjamin Moukandjo during the same game.
Cameroon coach Volker Finke called the behaviour “disgusting”.
Ghana’s president John Mahama is also demanding an investigation after Ghana’s first-round departure with one point from three matches.
The Ghanaians drew 2-2 with Germany, but lost 2-1 to the United States and Portugal in its third World Cup appearance. The team reached the 2010 quarter finals.
To add to Ghana’s misery, midfielder Sulley Muntari and striker Kevin-Prince Boateng were kicked off the team for indiscipline prior to the last match against Portugal.
It’s alleged that Boateng verbally abused Coach Kwesi Appiah and Muntari committed an unprovoked physical attack on an executive committee member.
A day earlier, Ghana’s government sent close to Can$3 million in cash by plane to Brazil to pay the appearance fees owed to the national players who were prepared to boycott training ahead of the Portugal game if their demands for the payment was not reached.
“The government is pre-financing the payment of the Black Stars appearance fees which will be reimbursed when FIFA’s prize money for Ghana’s participation in the World Cup is paid,” the Ghana Soccer Association said in a release.