- JB Bisseck satisfied but promise more after 1-0 win against Kenya
- Spain-based Defender Eliane Manbolambo scored the only goal of the game, off a corner from captain Aboudi Onguene
- The tie is delicately poised going into the return game
- Jean Baptiste Bisseck has won his first game in charge of the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon
Jean Baptiste Bisseck’s delight with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon swashbuckling win against the Harambee Starlets of Kenya outweighed any frustration about their inability to put the 2024 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifier game to bed in a jaw-dropping first leg game played on Friday in Douala.
The four-time AWCON runners-up treated fans and onlookers to a great encounter, but could only score one goal against a Kenyan side that made life tough for their hosts in Douala.
Cameroon had roared out the blocks and scored an early goal through Eliane Manbolambo but the dominant hosts failed to add to their advantage.
“The result is positive. We won, it’s the start, but there are lots of things to improve.We are going to rest, then resume work from tomorrow. We will continue to work to get better. We want to build a new team,” Bisseck stated.
“We know the return-leg won’t be easy, but there’s no cause for fear. We will work towards victory,” Bisseck added.
The former Canon Yaounde trainer repeatedly expressed pride at his side’s performance on his debut, but there must be a nagging feeling that Cameroon could have put this tie to bed given their opportunities and spells in the ascendancy.
Beldine Odemba side had looked in danger of being blown away at times on Friday, but somehow escaped trailing by one goal.
The Harambee Starlets will travel to Nairobi this Saturday to start preparations to host Cameroon on September 26, at the Nyaro national stadium, and the winner of the tie will proceed to the second round of qualification to face either Gabon, or Botswana that won 4-1 in their own first-leg game.
Team line ups:
Cameroon: Bihina Michaely , Maague Mariane,Mambalano Eliane, Falonne Meffometou, Ngock Yango, Edith Ngock, Charlene Meyong, Abam Michaella, Ngah Manga, Batya Ambam , Aboudi Ongueene
Kenya: Annedy Kundu, Juliet Andimbo, Ruth Ingosi, Corazone Aquino, Vivian Nasaka, Sherly Angachi, Cynthia Shilwatso, Mwanahalima Adam, Essie Akida, Teresa Engesha
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