No Respite for Lionesses

They resume training today in Akono for the 6th training camp in less than five months.

After barely two days of rest to commune with their families, the lionesses resume training today in Akono in preparation for the upcoming women AFCON. The list of players called up for duty is similar to that of those who took part in the 5th session though it includes some professionals. The high point of the training camp to run from September 27th to October 11th will be a double confrontation against fellow contestant for the African title, Mali on October 13th and 16th in Bamako. However pundits question why Bamako was retained to host the friendly given the fact that the tournament will be taking place in Cameroon and coaches have always advanced the argument of playing friendly matches in a country which has a similar weather to that of the host country so as to get used to the weather before the beginning of the competition.

The squad will be joined in the days ahead by professionals from Europe notably clubs like Besiktas and Guingamp. Enow Ngatchu disclosed that a delegation from Fecafoot is currently in Europe to negotiate the release of some professional players. Though expecting the arrival of professional, the coach says only the best will be retained for the competition. “We have got talents and only the best will be retained for the tournament,” he said.

While the 5th camp laid emphasis on the physical fitness of the players, the 6th session will lay emphasis on positioning and finishing touches in front of the goalpost.

However the bulk of the key players like Gaelle Deborah Enganamouit, Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene, Ngono Mani, Feudjo Raissa, Nchout Ajara, and so on will be joining the Lionesses den late due the reluctance of their clubs to release them since the Women AFCON is not recognized by FIFA and therefore clubs are not obliged to release players for the tournament. It is worthy to recall that Cameroon was drawn in Group A alongside Egypt, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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