- Cameroon has had a nightmarish start at their first Deaf World cup.
- Japan scored eight goals to see the deaf Lions finish as the worst team on Day one of the competitions.
- Both sides are meeting for the first time in this tournament
An 8- 0 score line is what separated Japan and Cameroon in the group E curtain raiser of the world deaf football championship.
Played at the stadium UKM in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, Serge Djappide and mates were overpowered by a more tactical and compact Japanese side as their first outing turned into a nightmare.
Fresh into the competition with no prior experience, the Lions staggered in the first twenty minutes, giving way to the Japanese to score four goals.
Minutes later, the team looked as if it had suddenly figured out their opponents, but failed to create any concrete scoring chance as the balls were continuously intercepted at the midfield by the Japanese.
Emmanuel Djappide’s free kick gained just before the end of the first half was no-brainer for the Japanese keeper. At half-time the Lions trailed by five goals to nothing.
The Japanese continued to mount pressure in the last half, grabbing the sixth in the 55th minutes. A sixth gave rise to a seventh and eighth goal, with the Lions showing no sign of getting a consolation anytime soon.
The post-match reaction from the team was that of regrets, as captain Serge Djappide wrote on his Facebook;
“I apologize to the Cameroonian people and all Cameroonian. It wasn’t easy to lose our first game to the Japanese, we weren’t up to it, and that was our first world cup match. I hope we will come back stronger next time. Thank you so much for your love and support. The world cup is a high-level competition, and we will give everything next time.”
Cameroon meets with France on Monday and close their group stage with Iran on Wednesday.
Other results of the night include ;
England 4:1 Australia
Senegal 2:0 Argentina
Malaysia 2:3 United States
Ukraine 6:0 Thailand
Egypt 3:1 Germany
Turkey 7:0 Saudi Arabia
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