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Cameroon edge closer to FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals

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Cameroon edge closer to FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals

Isifu Wirfengla
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By Beng Emmanuel Kum

Cameroon’s Under-17 women’s national team are through to the fourth and final round of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers following a 5-0 aggregate win over their Zambia Under-17 counterparts.

The two sides met two weeks ago at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka during the first leg with Cameroon claiming a 2-0 win to take control of the tie. They put up another strong performance at the Yaoundé Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium to seal their spot. 

Camila Yvette Daha scored a brace and Mana Lamine was also on target as Cameroon confirmed their qualification where they will face either Burundi or most likely Tanzania who won 5-0 in the first leg.

Zambia began the game confident to overturn the deficit. The visitors were thoroughly dominant in the opening minutes but lacked the cutting edge to convert. They forced Cameroon’s goalkeeper Cathy Biya to make a string of first half saves as they came agonizingly close to scoring. 

Bwalya Namute Chileshe missed their biggest chance when she broke clear the defence but flashed a rare chance straight at the keeper.  

Their mission to frustrate their host worked to perfection but Cameroon maintained their composure and finally broke the deadlock through Camila Yvette Daha on 23 minutes.

Lamine Mana then doubled the advantage shortly after the half hour mark after a horrendous blunder from the opponents defence. 

Zambia returned for the second half with greater determination and was a constant threat to the Cameroonian side but goals were hard to come by. 

Camila Yvette Daha compounded their woes when she struck the third goal three minutes to time. Cameroon joins Nigeria, Ghana and Morocco who have qualified for the final round.

The young Lionesses are poised to qualify for their third consecutive FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. They have featured twice in 2016 and 2018 but failed to go past the group stage.

Coach Stephane Ndzana and his girls reached the fourth and final round of the Under-17 World Cup with ease. They were exempted from the first round and advanced to the next round after Eritrea withdrew from the qualifiers

Three African teams will qualify for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India. The tournament will be hosted by India from October 11-30.


Isifu Wirfengla
Isifu Wirfengla

Isifu Michael WIRFENGLA is holder of a Bsc. in Journalism and taking postgraduate studies in Information and Communication Sciences from the University of Yaounde 2. He has five years of broadcast experience. Apart from freelance/sports reporting, he is a trained, practising football referee in Cameroon.

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