2018 AWCON: Indomitable Lionesses Qualify for semifinals

By Boris Esono (Buea-Cameroon)

The indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon have qualified for the semifinals of the ongoing African Women’s Cup of Nations, AWCON taking place in Ghana.

The encounter which is the second for the lionesses who are in pool A took place at the Accra Sports Stadium with Cameroon beating Algeria 3 goals to zero. Cameroon’s goals were scored by Aboudi Onguene, Gael Enganamout and Nchout Ajara.

During a press conference ahead of that encounter, the Head Coach of the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon Joseph Brian Ndoko said his team were eager to play beautiful football when they clash with Algeria. He said his team wants to put up a performance worthy of their status as continental giants- something they managed to do emphatically.

In the other group game, host Ghana who saw off Algeria in the first leg were held to a one all draw by Mali.

The win for the lionesses gives them a total of six points and assured of a place in this year’s semifinals while Algeria’s lost has seen them eliminated from the competition. Cameroon will play its last group stage game on November 23 against Ghana while Algeria faces Mali.

Holders Nigeria who lost their opening encounter needs a win tomorrow to keep their hopes of qualifying from the group and keep their dreams alive of retaining their trophy which they won in Cameroon in 2016.

Nigeria lost to South Africa 1-0 while Zambia emphatically beat Equatorial Guinea 5-0. Nigeria will face Zambia tomorrow will Equatorial Guinea do battle with South Africa in group B.

Cameroon will be hoping that 2018 is their year to finally get their hands on that coveted trophy which they have never won-coming close in 2016.

During the 2016 edition of the AWCON, Cameroon finished as vice champions losing to Nigeria in the female. Cameroon has never won the competition since it was instituted back in 1991. Cameroon has been runners up 4 times, that is in 1991, 2004, 2014 and in 2016 when they hosted.

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