Samuel Eto'o admits Cameroon's failure to progress beyond the FIFA World Cup™ group stage has undermined an otherwise spectacular season for him.
The Inter Milan striker won an historic treble of league, cup and UEFA Champions League with his club last term.
However, he admits his focus was mainly on this summer's tournament in South Africa and Cameroon's limp showing - when so much was expected from African sides - has hit him hard.
After two defeats in two matches against Japan and Denmark, Thursday's clash with Holland in Cape Town will simply be a matter of pride.
"All my season was focused to be ready for this World Cup," Eto'o is quoted as saying on allafrica.com. "It's the only thing I could think about. It's hard. It's not normal for us to finish last."
Eto'o threatened to walk away from the squad before the tournament following criticism from Cameroon legend Roger Milla but after the defeat by Denmark, he is trying to remain positive.
"There will be other days," he said. "Denmark played better than us in the match, it's that simple."