Cameroon's disquiet worsens
At least we can now say for sure that
But the 1-0 defeat went so badly for Cameroon that the local press has suggested that Eto'o might have done a better job in charge and he certainly would not have picked himself as a right winger.
"I played where Paul wanted me to play and at times I was defending like a right back," a remarkably calm Eto'o told
The Eto'o decision is not the only one that Le Guen had to justify after the game. The selection of
"I take responsibility for all my decisions," Le Guen said, before directly responding to Eto'o's criticism. "Like many other players, Samuel was playing in a position he has occupied for much of the season. Samuel has been playing on the flank for Inter Milan and that's where he played for us during the qualifying matches."
Bizarrely, the choice to play midfielder turned center back
Sources close to the team have told SI.com that tempers flared in the dressing-room after the game, and scuffles broke out between some of the players.
The unrest that Le Guen feared before the tournament has now escalated. "You don't have to be friends to play football together," Cameroon FA president
There are three separate factions in the Cameroon camp at the moment: those who back Le Guen, those who back Eto'o and the old guard that believes former captain
"There have been too many changes in the Cameroon team, but if they channel their combativeness in the right way, they could still beat Denmark,"
There have even been calls for Le Guen to be sacked before the group stage is over. For now, Mohammed had pledged his support to the beleaguered coach, which is more than Eto'o has done.
"If I am put on the right again [against Denmark] and we need to score a goal, and I think I can score that goal at center forward, then I won't hesitate to move there," the striker said.
"Paul has taken the flak for this defeat and now he needs to think about what to do next."