against Nigeria, Cameroon wants to overthrow the queens

Cameroon meets Nigeria in the quarterfinals of the Women’s African Cup of Nations (CAN 2022), on July 14 in Casablanca. At stake is also a direct qualification for the World Cup 2023. But for the Cameroonians, it is also about breaking the hegemony of Nigerians, three reigning African champions and who have beaten them four times in the final of the competition. .

From our special correspondent in Casablanca,

In 14 matches in the African Cup of Nations, the Nigerians have defeated the Cameroonians ten times, drawn three times and lost only once: in a match for 3rd place in AFCON 2012. The Super Falcons have mainly entered four times in the final (1991, 2004 , 2014 and 2016) against their neighbors. Not clear enough? So let’s add that Nigeria scored 38 goals against Cameroon and only conceded six at a time …

Under such conditions, it is possible that the Cameroonians are approaching the quarterfinals in AFCON 2022 faced with the three reigning African champions without a small inferiority complex? “It is true that we have always lost (sic) against Nigeria and that they are a very good team, emphasizes defender Claudine Falone Meffometou, who even forgets the 1-0 victory in 2012. But it is up to us to put everyone elements to break this chain. You have to give everything for it “.

“Put the Nigerians back on the ground” Despite a frustrating start to the tournament (0-0 against Zambia, 1-1 against Togo, before a 2-0 success against Tunisia), coach Gabriel Zago is optimistic. “It is high time to tell Nigeria that we too have grown up and laid our backs on the ground,” the technician said. “I do not even want to talk about an Indian sign to offend Nigerian women. “From now on, Cameroon will also provide all the necessary means to promote women’s football, which is why the gap between our two nations has really narrowed.”

For the past ten years, Cameroonians have really regularly persevered for those who have won 11 of the 13 editions. But at the same time, West Africans have become accustomed to and adapted to this growing adversity at CAN. “Nigeria has always been the team to beat,” said defender Osinachi Ohale. When you come to a competition like this and everyone wants to put you down, you can not let go of yourself. You continue to work, to trust the people who train you, your management and your partners. She adds: “Yes, Cameroon wants to beat us, like everyone else. But we want to keep beating them and keep winning. We are here for it and we do not intend to stop like this.” The indomitable lionesses have been warned: with a World Cup place at stake, the queens of Africa will capitulate nonetheless.

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