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Byline: Phil Barnett

CAMEROON coach Paul Le Guen claims it is "no coincidence" African teams have fallen flat in South Africa - but refused to elaborate on why they have let their continent down.

Le Guen's side face Holland today having already crashed out of the World Cup, joining hosts South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria in making early exits.

The Ivory Coast are also all but mathematically out having picked up just one point in their first two Group G games.

Cameroon slipped to defeats at the hands of Japan and Denmark to render today's match at Green Point Stadium immaterial, for which Le Guen has taken the blame.

However, he was cryptic when asked why African sides have failed to rise to the occasion of the first World Cup to be held on their soil.

"There's not necessarily any logic to this but it's not a coincidence," said the Frenchman, who has maintained his silence on reports linking him with Australia.

"You can explain why African teams are performing so badly. I'm not going to be able to explain it at length but there is a certain logic behind it, it's certainly not a coincidence."

The day's other Group E match is a straight shootout between Japan and Denmark to join the Dutch in the last 16.

Denmark must win to go through although Japan can settle for a point as they have a superior goal difference.


Cryptic: Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 24, 2010
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