Le Guen targets win

Cameroon coach wants face-saving win against Dutch

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Le Guen targets win

Le Guen: Targeting victory

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Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen insists there is still plenty to play for as his already eliminated side prepare to take on Holland.

The Indomitable Lions are already out of the World Cup after successive Group E losses to Japan and Denmark.

But Le Guen has told his players they still have a lot of play for on Thursday in Cape Town and they must be professional.

The former Lyon boss said: "It's difficult to get players motivated when you have been eliminated.

"But that's our job. They have to remember that. They may be disappointed, it hurts, but it is still a privilege for them to be doing what they are doing as footballers.

"We must stand strong and do our job."

Important match

Le Guen, who has been tipped to take over from Pim Verbeek as Australia coach after the tournament, added: "Of course it is an important match for us, for me.

"The stadium will be full, the television audience will be there. It has to do with our image and prestige.

"We are under the shock of two defeats. Last Saturday (against Denmark) it was very painful. It's a matter of getting our heads up again.

"We need to fight with dignity and honour and defend the colours of Cameroon till the last minute."

Le Guen is full of admiration for group leaders Holland and knows it will be tough against Bert van Marwijk's side.

"They are very good, they have many, many talented players," he said.

"They are used to playing big games in big clubs.

"I have a lot of respect for Holland. They are one of the standouts of the tournament. It will be a tough game for us and that's why we must be ready to fight."