On Thursday night I arrived in Cape Town and headed straight for Green Point Stadium to see the Netherlands vs Cameroon. When the draw was made last December I had thought it might be the deciding game of the group, and that Cameroon would at least have a chance of qualifying for the round of 16. In fact it was a wake.
Cameroon were already out of the tournament, along with three other African teams – South Africa, Algeria and Nigeria—and though Ghana were through, Cote d’Ivoire’s chances rested on scoring nine goals against North Korea. As I write this, they too have been knocked out. Cameroon’s performance was lamentable. Of course, they had nothing to play for but pride, but that did not seem to be enough. In fact, both sides appeared to be going through the motions, and in Cameroon’s case