Cameroon – Women AFCON 2016: What happened to Gaëlle Enganamouit?

Written by Deckson N.

The Cameroonian star expected as the messiah before the start of this competition organized by Cameroon did not fulfill the expectations of the public.

Gaëlle Deborah Enganamouit had a last chance to score at least one goal in the women AFCON won by Nigeria (0-1) on Saturday against Cameroon. Unfortunately, she could not take this chance. The attacker from Cameroon had a hard time finding herself in this match, with a very experienced Nigerian defense. She even paid the luxury of missing a precious goal opportunity in the 79th minute.

In spite of an excellent ball in the entrance of the surface, the player of the Swedish club of FC Rosengard succeeded with a nice control, but lack of lucidity facing Alaba Jonathan. At the end of this continental tournament, she finally had to settle for a decisive pass to Henriette Akaba in the game of the third day of the group stage against Zimbabwe (2-0).

If many saw her finish as the best player in the tournament, it is now regrettable that she is not even a substitute in the standard team published by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Rendered at the end of this competition organized by Cameroon, a debate now seems open on the performance of the attacking giant Cameroonian who did not necessarily meet expectations.

You have to admit she was not really on top form. She did not bring what the Cameroonians expected of her. Maybe it was because we had placed too much hope in her that many now seem disappointed with her performances, “remarks Hervé Villard Njiele, a journalist with the Cameroonian daily La Nouvelle Expression.

For David Eyengue Nzima, president of the Littoral branch of the Association of Sports Journalists of Cameroon (AJSC), Enganamouit would have been more efficient if the technical staff of the lionesses had rationally used her during this tournament.

An opinion similar to that of Vascilios Esseme, a football technician and consultant in the sports department of the Equinox group (Radio Equinoxe and Equinoxe TV). “Enganamouit was badly managed by the technical staff. We put too much pressure on her. When you have a player like this one who is in recovery, who has not made the preparation with the group, even if she masters the group, you have to bring her into play so that she regains her marks and takes confidence gradually. The critics and the comparisons that followed after each match did not help to put her in confidence, “said the coach.

The mixed performances of the African player of the year 2015 nevertheless do not seem to have initiated her capital sympathy with the Cameroonian public.

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