Total Women’s AFCON semis-Cameroun out for revenge against Nigeria

BY: Beatrice Laryea
 Christine Manie — Cameroun captain
Christine Manie — Cameroun captain

Cameroun will be aiming to end Nigeria’s dominance over their team when the two sides meet this afternoon at the Accra Sports Stadium in the semi-finals of the Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. Kick-off is at 3.30 pm.

Two years ago, Nigeria defeated Cameroun 1-0 at the final of the Women’s AFCON in front of a capacity crowd in Yaounde to win their eighth title.

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A late goal from forward Desire Oparanozie proved valuable for the Super Falcons to retain the trophy they won in Namibia in 2014, while the Indomitable Lionesses finished as runner-up.

Also in 2014, the Lionesses lost 0-2 to the Falcons in the final of the competition, having previously lost 0-5 to their nemesis in the final of the 2004 tournament in South Africa.

For today’s semi-final, Cameroun have hinted that they would approach it with revenge on their minds.


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At yesterday’s pre-match press conference, Cameroun’s head coach, Touongo Ndoko Joseph Brilliant, noted that his team were determined to stop the Super Falcons in pursuit of their first Women’s AFCON title this year.

“You always have to know your history and know where you are going. History tells us that Nigeria have won the Women’s Cup of Nations so many times and the same history tells us that Cameroun has never won this trophy.

“We have made mistakes previously but we have tried to correct our mistakes and we go into this game and play our hearts out knowing that there’s always a first time, and maybe tomorrow may be the first time for Cameroun.

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If we don’t score, we will not allow Nigeria to score a single goal because we will play till the 94th minute and make sure we come out victorious,” promised Coach Brilliant.

When he took his turn, Nigeria’s head coach,Thomas Dennerby, called the bluff of his counterpart and stated that the Falcons were determined to maintain their dominance over their northern neighbours.

“I know the history between the two teams but history does not matter tomorrow.

Every game has its own life and other teams are coming closer so the Nigerian team has to work harder to beat any of the teams,” the Swede told the press.

In the other semi-final match, South Africa will take on Mali at the Cape Coast Stadium. Kick-off is at 6.30pm.