AWCON 2018: Cameroon Coach Brian Targets Last World Cup Spot After Semi-Final Loss To Nigeria

AWCON 2018: Cameroon Coach Brian Targets Last World Cup Spot After Semi-Final Loss To Nigeria

By Adeboye Amosu:

Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon head coach, Joseph Brian, has rued his team’s 4-2 penalty shootout defeat to Nigeria in the semi-final of the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations, but hopes to bag the third World Cup spot on offer in the Third Place match, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Cameroonians dominated possession for majority of the Tuesday’s first semi-final game, but were unable to breach the Nigerian defence.


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Penalty shoot-out was needed to separate both teams after the game ended 0-0 after 120 minutes of action.

It was another heartbreak for the Indomitable Lionesses who lost in the final of the last edition of the competition to Nigeria on home soil two years ago.

AWCON 2018-Cameroon Coach Brian Targets Last World Cup Spot After Semi-Final Loss To Nigeria

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“Its a pity we couldn’t win. We tried all we could, now we will look to qualify for the World Cup,” Brian told reporters after the game.

“You saw the game, we tried our best. We lost 2 penalties and they scored 4. That ends it.”

Brian now face the difficult task of motivating his charges for the third place match in which a win will guarantee them a place at 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

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“We are going to play a World Cup qualification match, but the girls are sad and maybe they’ll cry tonight.

“I’ll probably cry along with them and after that we have to play again,” he added.

COMMENTS

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  • Ara Nkita 3 weeks ago

    Cameroon should be at the worldcup. They are good.
    Congrats to our ladies. Its not easy. My wife was almost peeing herself during the penalty shootout. Lol.

  • Omo9ja 3 weeks ago

    Alhamdulilah. To God be the glory. Congratulations Falcons.

    “I’ll probably cry along with them and after that we have to play again,” he added”. I told you coach. You guys should learn how to respect elders. Now Super Falcons have humbled you bah.

    On to the next one against South Africa. It’s time to show them who are the real mama of Africa. God is in control. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Austin 3 weeks ago

    our defence helped us prolong the game against Cameroon to penalties. For us to beat South Africa, we must be sharp and avoid mistakes and also ensure we attack from the blast of the whistle to the end of the match and score goals. Our defence may not be able to hold on against South Africa because they are faster, more pacy, good scorers than the Cameroonians. So the only way to defend against them is to score them as much as we can.

    • Bro,,

      U have a good point and I do respect your opinion,but permit me to state mine.

      For me,from what I have seen so far,the only team that can defeat the falcons ,is the falcons themselves..
      They will surely defeat the South Africans.
      The Cameroonian are far better than the South Africans,they are fit both mentally and physically.and very well coached,a compact team.
      The South Africans are faster and have a good shot on them.but I don’t think they have the same stamina and tough mentality like the cameroonians.
      That said,I have to state this,that what I got from the match against the cameroonians,is that the super falcons are really tough mentally.and they have the will.they know what they want and are ready to fight for it.they got grit and it work for them.
      Remember,this is a Cameroonian team that has always lost to the falcons in top prize matches and were hungry to change the narrative.there is no better motivation than that.besides,some key players of the falcons don’t by their side anymore,players like chikelue,Ebi,but they still tried to hold their own,against a very physical side.that shows grit..only true champions have grit..
      I believe the coach knows his onions,and the girls know what is at stake .it is not going to be easy against the South Africans but we would win.
      For now,let the girl rest,recover and enjoy the moment.
      It can only get better…

      • Paschal 3 weeks ago

        Thank you my brother. You have simply said my mind. The Cameroonians were super on the night. The won every ball that went high into the air, I was amazed at the level of stamina they displayed. Twas very difficult to rob them of the balls even on one on one basis. Their fighting spirit was also highly impressive. The South Africans are quicker but light. They sure will not display the kind of stamina and fighting spirit that Cameroon displayed last night. Having said that I still think our team is ageing. We traditionally win the highest goal scorer award in almost every AWCON but am afraid it wont happen this time. Also I doubt if any of our girls can win the best player in Africa award this year. Going forward, I think despite her age Onome Ebi remains for me the best player in the team last night. Ebi, the goalkeeper, Oshoala, Ohale and Ayinde were d top performers while the top flops are led by Okobi, Chikwelu and Okoronkwo. Before the next world cup we shall need to find a backup or replacement for Chikwelu, she couldnt boss the midfield at all. Thank God Ayinde was behindd her to mop up her flops. God willing, we shall beat SA. God bless Nigeria.

  • Saviour Okon Anwakang 3 weeks ago

    Good bless nigeria, SA is goin to be a win

  • Bishop 3 weeks ago

    Oshoala was absent. Our team lost every contest. The defence was the only brilliant part. They should up their game against SA.