According to a story via Pro Soccer Talk, a convicted match-fixer told German publication Der Spiegel that several players from the Cameroon World Cup team fixed games during their appearance in Brazil.
The Cameroon team had a really poor showing at the World Cup with players attacking opponents and each other. Before the tournament began the players from the team refused to board the plane due to compensation issues.
The match fixer predicted that Croatia would beat Cameroon 4-0 and that a player would be sent off, all of which actually happened.
A statement from Cameroon’s FA read: “Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroon’s 2014 Fifa World Cup three preliminary games, especially Cameroon versus Croatia, as well of the ‘existence of seven bad apples [in our national team]‘ do not reflect the values and principles promoted by our administration, in line with Fifa’s code of conduct and the ethics of our nation.
“We are strongly committed to employ all means necessary to resolve this disruptive matter in the shortest delays.”
The investigation will form part of a wider inquiry ordered by the country’s president, Paul Biya, into the team’s poor performance at the World Cup.
Fifa did not comment on whether it was looking into the issue as football’s world governing body did not want to “compromise any possible investigations”.
It’s difficult not to believe these accusations when you look at what transpired in the three games played by Cameroon. They gave little effort and basically imploded before our very eyes.