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Despair for Seb

Posted on 23 June 2010  - 12:00

Sebastien Bassong wasn't short of words to describe his feelings after Cameroon's early exit from the World Cup.

Sebastien Bassong wasn't short of words to describe his feelings after Cameroon's early exit from the World Cup.

A 2-1 defeat against Denmark in Pretoria on Saturday left the Indomitable Lions pointless after two matches, bottom of Group E and unable to qualify for the knockout stages.

Shocked by a first game loss against Japan, it looked like Cameroon were starting to turn the corner when Samuel Eto'o handed them an early lead against the Danes.

But goals from Niklas Bendtner and Dennis Rommedahl left centre-back Sebastien and Spurs team-mate Benoit Assou-Ekotto in despair.

"I'm devastated, sad, disappointed, everything," Sebastien told us exclusively from South Africa. "We should have won the game, let alone draw or even lose.

"We created so many chances but we couldn't score the second goal. When you don't score and you've had chances like that, especially at the World Cup, you get punished.

"It's hard to take because I thought we deserved to win. Afterwards, I really couldn't believe we actually lost the game."

Seb admits Cameroon are now playing for pride when they face their toughest challenge in Group E against Holland in Cape Town on Thursday.

The Dutch haven't hit top gear but top the group with two wins out of two.

"You don't want to leave the tournament without a point," insisted Seb, outstanding for us with 38 appearances in all competitions last season.

"We'd love to win, not just for ourselves, but for the country, for the Cameroon people who are watching us. We have to play with pride.

"We have to go out there and make the people proud of us."