Eyong Enoh, the ninth and last Ajax player to be selected for a World Cup team, was in action on Monday afternoon. But Enoh wasn’t able to crown his World Cup debut with a victory. Japan was too strong for Cameroon, defeating them 1-0.
In fact, with Eyong Enoh playing in this game, all nine Ajax players selected for World Cup teams by various national coaches have had playing time. On Friday evening, Luis Suarez and Nicolas Lodeiro were the first to come in action for Uruguay (0-0 against France). Marko Pantelic played on Sunday (0-1 against Ghana), and on Monday afternoon, no fewer than five Amsterdam based internationals, Stekelenburg, Van der Wiel, De Zeeuw, Rommedahl en Eriksen, came into action during the Netherlands – Denmark match (2-0).
Enoh was the last Ajax team member to get playing time at the world’s highest level of football. But the African, with his team from Cameroon, undoubtedly had hoped for a different result than a 1-0 defeat to Japan. Denmark and Holland’s pool mates made it an exciting match, where former VVV player Honda scored the only goal. Cameroon definitely had opportunities, especially in the closing phase, but either a keeper or a crossbar stood in the way every time.
Enoh will meet his club teammates Rommendahl and Eriksen during the next round on Saturday. Both countries currently have zero points, a statistic they will both be aiming to improve by three points.