Under-pressure Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen was in defiant mood about both his future and his past in the Indomitable Lions hotseat in the wake of their FIFA World Cup™ exit.

Cameroon knew heading into last night's clash with Denmark that a second successive defeat in Group E would see them become the first side to wave goodbye to any hopes of progressing through to the last 16.

The four-time African champions started perfectly in Pretoria, putting Denmark under pressure from the outset and taking a 10th-minute lead through captain Samuel Eto'o.

However, Le Guen's side could not hold onto that lead and, after failing to make the most of a number of opportunities, they ended up losing the clash 2-1 and falling out of contention for a top two place in the group.

After the match Le Guen was heavily quizzed about his role in Cameroon's demise and his future in charge of the team, but the Frenchman was keen to fight his corner.

As well as dismissing any suggestion he was going to resign, Le Guen also defended his work on the Cameroon bench.

Le Guen took over the Indomitable Lions after German coach Otto Pfister resigned a year ago following a poor start to their qualifying campaign, and the former Lyon and Rangers boss masterminded four successive wins - including two against group leaders Gabon inside five days - to help the west Africans qualify.

I've been happy even though things have been difficult, I recognise that we've had a failure here at the World Cup but I've sought to do my best for the team.

Paul Le Guen, Cameroon coach

When asked if he feared returning to Cameroon, a defensive Le Guen, whose side have now gone nine matches without a win stretching back to the African Nations Cup, said: "I don't fear anything, I'm simply unhappy and sad for the Cameroonian nation.

"Taking the time from when I took on the job to today, we managed to get to the World Cup and I think that's an achievement. We did as much as we could today but we it wasn't enough.

"We've had relative success with the existing leadership, we've got to the World Cup. There have been some difficulties. After July, the management will advise further (about his future). Whilst my contract is running I will do my best for the Cameroonian football federation."

The 46-year-old former France international added: "One has to do one's job. I try to do things with commitment and I hope people respect the way I do things.

"I've been happy even though things have been difficult, I recognise that we've had a failure here at the World Cup but I've sought to do my best for the team. I think the team have shown a great deal of spirit but, as we are eliminated, I'm not particularly consoled in knowing that."

Le Guen insists he has no regrets about the tactics he used for Cameroon's opening fixture against Japan, a match they lost 1-0, but did concede he would have regrets about certain things in the tournament.

"I don't have any regrets (about tactics against Japan), that's not how I operate. I try to work for the best for the Cameroon national team. Either you trust me or you don't, that's the way it is," he said.

However, he did say: "I will certainly return home with regrets with regards to this evening (against Denmark), and will go home with regrets because we lost to Japan without playing particularly well.

"I have regrets for both matches, but of a different kind. I think they are legitimate regrets however. We were pretty close but we didn't get there in the end."