Cameroon's soccer federation is launching a match-fixing investigation against its own team following an embarrassing showing at the World Cup.
The country lost all three games in the Group Stage by a combined score of 9-1 and it has officials wondering whether or not players played poorly on purpose.
“Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroon’s three 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary games, especially Cameroon vs. Croatia, as well as the ‘existence of seven bad apples (in our national team)’ do not reflect the values and principles promotes by our administration in line with the FIFA Code of Conduct and the ethics of our nation,” Fecafoot said in the statement.
“We wish to inform the general public that, though not contacted by FIFA in regards to this affair, our administration has already instructed its ethics committee to further investigate these accusations.”
FIFA refused to confirm that any investigation was ongoing by its security department, which should take the lead in any probe of a World Cup match.
Suspicions were raised when noted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal correctly predicted the outcome of the Cameroon-Croatia match on June 18. Cameroon lost by a tally of 4-0 and had a player sent off in the first half.