The Indomitable Lionesses coach made the statement at the press conference after the draw.
The Indomitable Lionesses will have to fight hard if they want to win at home the Africa Women Cup of Nations 2016 (November 19-December 3). The draw made on 18 September in Yaounde has not really been kind to the Cameroon team. Guaranteed to be headlining in Group A as host country, Cameroon will have as opponents Egypt, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The caliber of opponents of Cameroon made their coach say that the task will not be easy at all.
“When you analyze this group, you’ll notice that Zimbabwe and South Africa were in the last Olympic Games. Zimbabwe eliminated Cameroon to qualify. You should know that this is a very difficult group, “said Carl Enow Ngachu press conference.
The Cameroonian technician is indeed right. Apart from Egypt (World 80th), the group of Cameroon (47th worldwide), includes two of the best continental nations in women’s football. Although modest with 94th in the FIFA rankings, Zimbabwe has become in recent years a powerful land of women’s football. The results in the lower categories are a perfect illustration. The seniors participated in the Olympics in Rio after having blocked the road in Cameroon.
But South Africa (48th worldwide), probably remains the most formidable opponent of Cameroon. In eleven editions of the AFCON, the rainbow nation played four finals (1995, 2000, 2008, 2012). The Bayana Bayana certainly want to ride on top of the podium this year.
Cameroon does not hear it that way and will do anything to lift the trophy after three lost finals (1991, 2004, 2014).
“We have our say, because when we fixed our goals, we must be prepared for any country. But the group is balanced. The mind will play and us, we are very strong mentally, “said Enow Ngachu.
We shall know the answer as from November 19 with the opening match (Cameroon-Egypt) at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde.