South Africa/Zimbabwe: Host Cameroon in Winning Start, Zimbabwe Hold South Africa
Cameroon got off their campaign on a winning note thanks to a 2-0 win over Egypt in the tournament opener on Saturday at a packed Amadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
Gabrielle Onguene Aboudi and captain Christine Manie scored in either half to give ‘Les Lionnes’ the perfect start they needed in front of a capacity crowd including President Paul Biya in attendance.
The victory did not come on a silver platter as the host had to sweat for the maximum points in the Group A against an Egyptian side that were unperturbed by the partisan crowd.
Aboudi, one of many foreign-based players in the Cameroon squad headed the host into the lead on 25 minutes before Manie converted a penalty on 72 minutes to wrap up victory.
In the other Group A match, Southern African neighbours, South Africa and Zimbabwe settled for a barren draw.
Cameroon sit atop the standings with three points, South Africa and Zimbabwe with a point each and Egypt in that order pointless.
The host next play South Africa on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 in Yaounde whilst Zimbabwe battles Egypt later at the same venue.
Enow Ngachu (Head Coach, Cameroon)
It’s always good to win a game. Even as the tournament starts is always tough, the main thing has been done. We have three points. Egypt played well and they posed a lot of difficulties for us. We saw a great team that knows how to play en bloc. It must be noted said that the teams that have qualified are the best in Africa. We must not forget that Egypt eliminated Cote d’Ivoire which is a great football country on the continent as far as women’s football is concerned.
Mohamed Mostafa Abdelhameed (Head Coach, Egypt)
I congratulate Cameroon who played well and did a good game. My player gave the best of themselves to limit the damage. I never thought they could do what they did this afternoon. Cameroon is an experienced team that plays with many professionals.
Source: Confederation of African Football.