- The Indomitable Lionesses beat the Crasted Cranes 3-0 to complete a 3-2 comeback win
- Legend Nchout Nyoya Ajara, Ngock Monique and Falone Mefoumettou were the scorers for the team’s biggest win in close to two years
- Cameroon are through to the third round of the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifier
- Cameroon will face Nigeria that beat Ethiopia 4-0 this Tuesday
- Cameroon is hoping to qualify for the Olympic games for the first time in 11 years
The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon have advanced to the third round of the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifier following a 3-0 win this evening in the return-leg game at the Reunification stadium in Douala which amounted to a 3-2 aggregate win against the Crested Cranes of Uganda.
Nchout Nyoya Ajara, Ngock Monique and Falone Mefoumettou got the goals for the hosts this Tuesday evening at the Reunification stadium in Douala as they completed an interesting comeback aggregate win.
Coach Jean Baptiste Bisseck reacted to the 0-2 defeat away in Kampala by making a number of changes in the Cameroon starting XI; including the introduction of Cathy Biya of Éclair in place of Michaily Bihina in goal while Ngock Monique was restored into the midfield and captain Aboudi Onguene was brought on upfront.
Coach Charles of settled for the same side that had given them the advantage in Kampala.
Cameroon on a mission to avoid another elimination in less than a month were more purposeful from the start and forced their visitors deep throughout the opening exchanges.
Evergreen Ajara put the Indomitable Lionesses ahead after 27 minutes, benefiting from a well-worked interpositional play to score her first goal in four games of the Bisseck era.
The goal didn’t slow the momentum of the team chasing another Olympic qualification since after London 2012.
Cameroon could have scored a second before the interval but skipper Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene squandered a gilt-edge chance, failing to turn in a great ball played into her path with almost a yard way from the closest Ugandan player.
Former Eclair of Sa’a midfielder and Guinness Super League player of the 2022 season, Ngock made it 2-0 just after the pause. The Stade Reims box-to-box playmaker scored the second just after resumption.
Though both trainers rang the changes in search of the crucial next goal, it wasn’t to be in regulation time.
The game was finally decided two minutes from the end of the second additional time when veteran defender Falone Mefoumettou turned in a set-piece ball to make it 3-0 in a move Uganda’s keeper Vanessa picked up a knock that ended her night though the officials failed to pick the infringement.
The game finished 3-0 in favor of the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) finalist. Cameroon advances to the third round of the qualifiers to face Nigeria that beat Ethiopia 5-1 on aggregate to renew the historic Cameroon versus Nigeria rivalry that dates close to two decades.
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