What you need to know:
- The abroad-based players dominate Cameroon’s squad to face Kenya on September 22, at 7PM
- Cameroon is keen on qualification for another AWCON tournament
- Kenya will face Cameroon in the AWCON qualifier for the first time since a 9-0 aggregate defeat in the qualifier for the 2006 tournament.
Newly-appointed Indomitable Lionesses head coach, Jean Baptiste Bisseck has assured the media of his team’s readiness to outshine the Harambee Starlets in their first round Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) 2024 first-leg tie.
The Indomitable Lionesses trainer was firm in his message to Cameroonians this Thursday, 24 hours before Cameroon’s Women’s team steps out to showcase their know-how against a gritty Kenyan side.
The Harambee Starlets, who put 12 past Djibouti have quality but Bisseck is focused on his team.
“We are very confident about ourselves, we believe we have what it takes to deliver,” Bisseck stated, before adding;
“I can work with both men and women’s teams. Truly, there’s a big difference between managing men and women, in terms of reception and submissiveness.”
The former Akonangui of Guinea coach will make his competitive debut in the Lionesses dugout on Friday. He is unfazed about the new experience and oozed out that confidence at the presser.
“I may have won matches on this pitch, but Friday’s game will be a different one and I cannot rely on that alone. I am a son of the soil that will host the game, so I have faith the gods are with me,” Bisseck said.
Bisseck, who hails from the Littoral Region of the country was recently appointed replacement of Gabriel Zabo last month. He is loving the experience and says the Women’s team is bringing out the best of his coaching skills.
“I want to commend the likes of coach Enow Ngachu who already set the base for us to just pick up, continue and get the results.
“I came to construct and work I have a philosophy, I am trying to put in place, which begins from this encounter.”
The former Canon, Eding Sport and Cotonsport of Garoua trainer also explained the absence of center-back Estelle Laura Johnson;
“Estelle is still a supporter of the national team. However , sometimes it is good to respect personal decisions.
She was not called up for personal reasons.”
CSKA Moscow forward and team captain, Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene, who followed her coach to the presser revealed they remain levelheaded ahead of the game, despite the change in technical staff.
“We are here to defend the colors of the nation. We have a new staff, but we have to adapt. So far the team is responding well,” Aboudi opined.
Cameroon have a clean sweep in their four previous meetings with Kenya, but Aboudi is refusing to be complacent.
“We are not undermining Kenya whom we have always defeated. This is a different game. We know they came to get a result. Going by the atmosphere in the den, we are positive that the nets will rattle tomorrow,” Onguene concluded.
Cameroon hosts Kenya in the first-leg of the 2024 AWCON qualifiers on Friday, September 22, at the Reunification stadium Bepanda-Douala at 7pm.
The reversed fixture will be played on September 26, at the Nyaro national stadium in Nairobi.
The aggregate winner of the tie will advance to the final round of the qualifier to face the winner between Gabon and Botswana in the other contest.
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