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Cameroon Coach Not Happy

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Yaw Boaten
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2002-06-09 09:28:45


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Saturday, June 8, 2002 World Cup Daily Glance

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Cameroon coach not happy Cameroon coach Winfried Schaefer, a native of Germany, on Saturday accused FIFA of disrespecting teams from African nations.

"If you are an African team, you don't get the same respect," he said. "You don't get the same treatment as the bigger, better-known teams."

Schaefer said FIFA and Japan's organizing committee (JAWOC) had shown flagrant favoritism toward Germany, against which Cameroon plays Tuesday in Shizuoka.

As the home team, Cameroon would normally choose its final training slot at the stadium the night before the match. However, when Schaefer told FIFA that Cameroon wanted to train at 7 p.m., the soccer governing body told him no. FIFA said Cameroon would have to train 30 minutes later to suit Germany, Schaefer said.

"I am very disappointed in FIFA and JAWOC. And we have to refuse to give in," Schaefer said. "We must say no to this disrespect, because that's where it all starts."

Against Saudi Arabia last Thursday, Cameroon had a goal nullified for offside; television replays showed the play was legal. Schaefer also felt the team deserved a penalty kick after Daniel Ngom Kome was fouled in the penalty area just 30 seconds into the match. But the referee didn't give one.

"In the future we need to pay attention that the African teams get the same treatment that the bigger teams get at this tournament," Schaefer said. "This is a global problem."

CUP LINE HISTORY: South Africa recorded its first-ever win in the World Cup finals play, defeating Slovenia 1-0. "Bafana Bafana," as the team is known, is making its second World Cup appearance, having lost one and tied two in its debut in 1998.

THEY SAID IT: "As players for America, we expect a political twist. All we're doing is laughing about it. It's a game. We're just players representing U.S. soccer." -- U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, regarding the politically charged climate surrounding the United States match with South Korea on Monday.

PLAYER OF THE DAY Ivica Olic, Croatia: The Croatian forward came on as a substitute against Italy in the 57th minute and tied the game 16 minutes later. Olic slipped behind three Italian defenders to score in the 73rd minute.

MATCH OF THE DAY

Croatia 2, Italy 1 Ivica Olic and Milan Rapaic scored within three minutes in the second half as Croatia rallied to upset Italy 2-1.

Olic slipped behind three Italian defenders to score in the 73rd minute. Rapaic's volley ticked off a defender to sail high into the goal in the 76th.

Italy, which had gone ahead in the 55th minute as Christian Vieri leapt over a defender to head in a pass from Cristiano Doni, thought it had tied the game in the closing minutes on a goal by Filippo Inzaghi. But Inzaghi was whistled for a foul and Croatia held on.

GOAL OF THE DAY

Milan Rapaic, Croatia: Rapaic's neat volley put Croatia ahead for good as it stunned Italy, 2-1 on Saturday. Rapaic was not facing the net when he shot with his left foot, but the ball ticked off a defender and floated over the goalkeeper and into the goal in the 76th minute.

UP NEXT

Mexico and Costa Rica look to maintain CONCACAF's perfect record at the World Cup on Sunday.

Mexico takes on Ecuador in Miyagi, Japan at 2:30 a.m. ET (ESPN2) and can take the lead in Group G with a win. Costa Rica can clinch a spot in the second round with a win over Turkey in Incheon, South Korea at 5 a.m. ET (ESPN2).

Co-host Japan takes on Russia in the first World Cup match in Yokohama at 7:30 a.m. ET (ESPN).

Information from Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report

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