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Monday, 14th June 2010
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Japanese villages lends support to African team

A group of villagers from a remote Japanese community have admitted they will be backing Cameroon when the African nation takes on Japan in the World Cup today (June 14th).

According to Times Live, locals in the mountain village of Nakatsue-mara, which can be found high in the hills of the southern island of Kyushu, are to cheer on the African squad after the team chose the village to train in ahead of the World Cup in 2002.

The decision saw the Cameroon team unofficially adopted by the Japanese village - and a game against their home nation is not set to swing their allegiance.

Speaking to the source, villager Shunsuke Hase said: "Residents say we want to support the people we actually met rather than the Japanese national team, whom we have never met."

Japan is to face Cameroon this afternoon, in its first game of this year's World Cup. It promises to be a tough game for the squad, which has been beaten in most of its warm up games and friendly matches.

Written by Kimberley Homer.