Cameroon’s 2014 World Cup campaign has been a disaster. Many expected the Indomitable Lions to fight for the runners-up spot in Group A, but they have badly failed to do so.
Volker Finke’s side kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico at the Arena das Dunas in Natal and were then hammered 4-0 by Croatia.
That saw them suffer elimination from football’s biggest competition, rendering their final Group A clash against host country Brazil in Brasília on Monday pretty much meaningless.
Alex Song was one of the players who should bear responsibility for Cameroon’s terrible performance against Croatia.
After all, it was the former Arsenal star’s dismissal in the 40th minute that saw the African giants go down to 10 men and subsequently concede three more goals to their European rivals.
Moreover, the manner of the dismissal was unsavoury. The Barcelona midfielder had no reason whatsoever to lash out at Mario Mandzukic in an off-the-ball incident, but he did and was rightly sent off.
Song hit the 28-year-old Bayern Munich forward in the back with his elbow without being provoked at all, with Mandzukic going to claim that the 26-year-old meant to hit him (click here to read his opinion in full).
The former Bastia midfielder, who joined Barcelona from Arsenal in 2012, was already suspended for Cameroon’s encounter against Brazil, but now he will miss two more matches.
That’s because FIFA has punished him with a three-match ban and has also fined him $22,300 (£13,100).
The match against Croatia also saw more ill-discipline from Cameroon, as Tottenham Hotspur left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Benjamin Moukandjo had an argument and a clash of heads towards the end.
The frustration of the Cameroon players was evident, but they will now need to regroup themselves and work for the future.