Cameroon coach, Volker Finke has refused to follow the footsteps of his predecessor Paul Le Guen who quitted the national team almost immediately after Cameroon failed abysmally to impress at the 2010 world cup in South Africa.
Faced with calls to quit from the Cameroonian press after the 4-0 routing by Croatia on Wednesday, Finke did his best not to be drawn further into the increasingly messy situation. “It’s not for me to decide. It has nothing to do with me. Please, give me a night’s rest,” he said in a post-match comment.
Cameroon, the first African team to be officially booted out of the World Cup faces Brazil on Monday June 23 in their last group game. “I want to present another side of this team against Brazil, this is about discipline, we have to play 11 versus 11,” Finke said.
In later interview with Fifa.com, Finke said referring to the Cameroon-Croatia game that: “It’s a tough result to take. It’s always difficult to play with 10 men, but that’s still no excuse for tonight’s performance. It wasn’t enough for me as coach. Everybody has to do something more when it’s 10 versus 11. After today, we must be clear to prepare for our last game against Brazil.’
“Sorry for this result. The style of defending and poor behaviour from the red card is why we gave up four goals. There’s no doubt that Croatia were more clinical in front of goal, but Cameroon also had chances to score. We need to move on and look to the future, because this team is full of promising players,” he added.