My team lost its, yes but “I don’t think we ever stopped and refused to play.” Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa on the 3-0 Women’s World Cup defeat by England.
There was an alleged on-pitch protest by Cameroon’s players after England’s second goal, by Ellen White, which was awarded thanks to the video assistant referee.
Cameroon were also visibly upset when Ajara Nchout’s goal was ruled out for offside, another decision made by the notorious VAR.
Yvonne Leuko was booked for an apparent elbow on England winger Nikita Parris, Augustine Ejangue spat on Toni Duggan and Alexandra Takounda also received a yellow card for a late challenge on captain Steph Houghton in stoppage time.
England head coach Phil Neville said that he was “ashamed” by Cameroon’s behaviour.
“Occasionally, when you are in this state of shock, you can lose your cool, but I don’t think the players ever refused to play the game. We might have had the moment to walk off, but thanks to God I was able to remain calm and kept my cool.” Djeumfa added.
The Cameroon team, don’t have resources, quality coaching in their country and experience like England or somebody like Phil Neville.
Perhaps they weren’t even told about the rules, the laws of the game and the evolution of the game.
So have to try and understand Cameroon side who played with emotions and brought this emotion to the tournament.
You have to look at it both ways.
Former United States goalkeeper Hope Solo