Samuel Eto'o wants Cameroon to quickly banish the memories of the World Cup and turn their focus to the future after a forgettable experience in South Africa.
The Indomitable Lions failed to register a point in the competition for the first time in their six appearances at the finals, and were the only side apart from North Korea to lose all three group games.
They were beaten by Japan, Denmark and Netherlands despite coming into the tournament as one of Africa's biggest hopes, but Eto'o believes his side have what it takes to bounce back from the disappointment.
"We're all disappointed, we went to South Africa with high hopes of having a good World Cup, but it was not possible," Eto'o said.
"We cannot go back now. We must look to the future. And the future comes quickly because we already play [African Nations Cup qualifiers] in September. We must reorganise this and try and come back strongly.''
Cameroon are pooled in qualification Group E alongside Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mauritius, and will be without World Cup coach Paul Le Guen for the campaign.
The Frenchman decided to quit following the finals, but Eto'o refused to blame Le Guen for Cameroon's poor performances in South Africa.
"We are all responsible," Eto'o said. "It would be easy to say that it is the fault of the coach. I think the players are equally responsible as the coach.
"We are all in the same boat and it is important not to look for a scapegoat. But Paul Le Guen did what he could and it is not his fault.''
Eto'o, who scored both of his country's goals in losing causes against the Danes and the Dutch, also asked the people of Cameroon not to be disheartened.
"The most important thing now is to tell the people of Cameroon, thank you for their support,'' he said. "Yes, we're disappointed not to meet their expectations, but in football this is sometimes the case. The most important thing now is to reorganise, have a strong plan going forward and do something good.
"It was not all bad, we still had the chance to discover some young players and we can say that in three months we have the qualifiers for the Africa Cup. So hopefully we can restore some pride then.''