Sao Paulo — AFRICA'S dream of starting the 2014 with a victory were shattered when Cameroon suffered an argonising 0-1 loss against Mexico in World Cup Group A encounter at Dunas Stadium on Friday.
A solitary strike by Oribe Peralta in the 61st minute sank the three-time African champions in a water soaked soccer pitch following some downpours in the first half of the match.
Had it not been for the match official's controversial decision, Mexico could have massacred Cameroon 3-0 after two of the South America nation goals were disallowed for off-side.
However, Cameroon had their own scoring opportunities, but weak shots in front of goal-posts were the weakest point for the West Africans.
Cameroon captain Samuel E'to-o, turned his Mexican marker left and right, but his left hooker was parried for a corner by an alert Mexico goalkeeper
The defeat will now see Cameroon climb a mammoth task to beat either Brazil or Croatia in their next two assignments.