FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015: Cameroon lionesses stun the world of football

The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon qualify for the second round of the 2015 female world cup Canada 2105. The only African representative in the competition stunned Switzerland to a 2-1 to end second in group C on six points behind current cup holders Japan.

The Lioness to make Africa proud
The Lioness to poised make Africa proud

Africa’s lone representative still in the competition turned in a dynamic second-half showing to defeat Switzerland 2-1 for their first win over a European opponent at a FIFA Women’s World Cup. The result secured second spot in Group C for the Africans behind Japan, and set up a last-16 meeting with China PR on early sunday morning at 00.30 AM. Both teams pushed forward at every opportunity, allowing for an entertaining contest, with Cameroon dominating the second half after equalising soon after the break. Early on Swiss captain Martina Moser floated a free-kick over the backline to Ana Maria Crnogorcevic, who narrowly failed to make contact with the goalkeeper exposed. Cameroon skipper Christine Manie powered in a header directly from a corner, which was perhaps as close as the Africans came to scoring in the first half.

Ana Maria CRNOGORCEVIC celebrates Switzerland's opener
Ana Maria CRNOGORCEVIC celebrates Switzerland’s opener

Cameroon then failed to deal with a forward ball, allowing Ramona Bachmann through on goal, but goalkeeper Anette Ngo Ndom just got enough on the block to see it go wide. But Switzerland were not to be denied, and Bachmann burst into the penalty area before pulling the ball back for Crnogorcevic to comfortably slot home from near the penalty spot. Despite the goal it was Cameroon, backed by a healthy and noisy contingent, who enjoyed a strong passage of play with several half-sights of goal. Cameroon’s Gaelle Enganamouit was, as always, dangerous with her strong running. However, Switzerland could have doubled their advantage with Fabienne Humm’s header blocked by a second excellent save from Ngo Ndon.

Cameroonians pushing their ladies to victory
Cameroonians pushing their ladies to victory

Cameroon made a dream restart with Gabrielle Onguene striking two minutes after the interval, with a sweet finish from 18 yards following a pullback from the byline. The goal saw Cameroon find their confidence and they took the lead just past the hour mark, as Madeleine Ngono Mani powered in a close-range header at the 67th minute, just five minutes after coming on following a dynamic run and cross from Onguene.  The dynamic Onguene could have repeated her feat with yet another amazing run down the right, but Francine Zouga saw her shot blocked on the line by Vanessa Bernauer. In his post match press conference, Cameroon head coach Carl Enow Ngatchou emphasized on the point that his girls are still learning in the competition for it is their first participation.

Player of the Match Gabrielle Onguene Aboudie
Player of the Match Gabrielle Onguene Aboudie

According to former indomitable Lion defender Lucien Metomo, the lioness have already done more than expected. The entire Cameroon nation is hoping for better surprises and hope for an improvement in female football back home. In the meantime, the lioness have China PR to take care of in the early mornings of Sunday 21 st June 2015 @ 00:30 AM Cameroon time. So the figures give 3 games: 2 wins: 1 defeat : 6 points and 9 goals for. Already the lioness have established a good number of records at the FIFA women’s world cup – First African team to score six goals in a single game -First African player to score a hat-trick in a top FIFA female competition (Enganamoiut) -First victory for the female lioness over a European and South American country. The records are still there to be broken and the nation is expectant.

BRAVO LES FILLES

Ngono Mani celebrates Cameroons second goal
Ngono Mani celebrates Cameroons second goal
Mutual respect between both coaches
Mutual respect between both coaches
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