Cameroon wary of Banyana Banyana

2016-11-21 19:20
Feudjio Raissa (Getty Images)

Yaounde - Hosts Cameroon will be treating their tie against South Africa with the respect it deserves when they face off on Tuesday at the ongoing Africa Women's Cup of Nations at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.

According to the website, the Indomitable Lionesses won their opener 2-0 against minnows Egypt, but head coach Enow Ngachu is cautious ahead of their second game that he has deemed a must-win, if they are to meet their target of qualifying for the semi-finals as the top side in Group A.

"It will be a tough match but we have set a goal, we want to do everything possible to get out of the group as first," said the optimistic Ngachu whose side will have the backing of a whole nation and 40 000 fans inside the venue.

He further added that, "South Africa is a country we have met several times. We know them and they know us too. Winning the match against them will allow us to tackle the third match (Egypt) more easily."

Dependable midfielder Feudjio Raissa, who plies her trade for Aland United in the Finnish League, has emphasised that qualifying for the last four is the top objective for her side especially as the tournament is in their backyard.

"We are trying to stay focused. For now the goal is to qualify for the next round. Since the final whistle of the opening game, we have been thinking of the matches against South Africa and against Zimbabwe," she mentioned.

"After the victory, we said nothing has yet been played, the hardest is coming, we have to get to work."

Feudjio, captain Christine Manie and Gaelle Enganamouit hold the key to Cameroon's offensive play and against South Africa they will be up against a solid defense led by captain Janine van Wyk.

Monday is a rest day and both sides will carry out training sessions in preparation for the showdown, which is South Africa's do or die game to try and place their destiny into their own hands having settled for a goalless draw against Zimbabwe on Saturday.

Cameroon take on South Africa at 15:00 at GMT before Zimbabwe face Egypt at 18:00 GMT at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.

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