Cameroon-France Friendly: More Efforts Needed

The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon lost to France 0-6 on Tuesday October 9, 2018 in a friendly encounter in Grenoble, France.

Dust is yet to settle on the friendly match between Cameroon and France on Tuesday October 9, 2018. The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon suffered a humiliating 0-6 defeat against France in a friendly encounter at the Stade des Arts in Grenoble, France.

The encounter was part of preparation for the 2019 Total Women Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana in November 2018. Many fans could not believe their eyes as they watched the vice champions of Africa crumble. It may have been a tough encounter for the Lionesses but not without reasons. As usual, the friendly match between Cameroon and France was surrounded with acute management problems. Majority of the players, notably home-based, only arrived in France on the day of the match due to visa problems.

Management had failed to carry on with visa proceedings on time as required by the French Embassy. The local players joined the foreign based players with whom they have not played together as a team since 2016. As a result, there was lack of cohesion in the team. Also, the coach is new and has not been used to all the players. The long journey and the weather conditions in Europe at this time weighed much on the players.

Even though Cameroon had good preparation, they would have certainly had problems facing one of the best teams in the world. France is among the top five best teams in the world and has players who are used to high level competitions notably the European Champions League. The Head coach of the Indomitable Lionesses, Joseph Ndoko said the Lionesses played under difficult conditions.

He said much work needs to be done as from now onward especially for the next friendly against Equatorial Guinea at the end of this month. The objective, according to him, is to put up a brilliant performance at the WAFCON in Ghana. Team captain, Mani Christine said she is proud of her team because they did not give up in spite of the goals they conceded.

She said the team is proud to have played with a team like France and it is also proof that they will need to work more. From the experience they will correct many mistakes and that will  help them in their next training session, she noted.



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