By Beng Emmanuel
The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon narrowly lost to Morocco 0-1 in their first game of the maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari Cup-an invitational women’s tournament named after the first lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Tagnaout Fatima’s second half winner helped the Atlas Lionesses get off to a great start by defeating the 2016 Vice African champions on Thursday at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium in Oninkan, Lagos.
It was a shocking defeat to Cameroon who showcased organization, resilience and completely dominated possession in the first half. They created two glaring chances through Malabo Kings forward Bella Rose and captain Gabriel Aboudi Onguene who couldn’t hit the back of the net.
Morocco also had some attacking moments of their own. They responded with a sublime free-kick from Chebbak Ghizlane and a Badri Najat long range effort but Cameroon’s goalkeeper Mimboe produced smart saves to prevent the opening goal.
The game seemed destined for a draw when Tagnaout Fatima scored 12 minutes to stoppage time to grab their first win of the competition. The North Africans become the second nation to win their match after host Nigeria beat Mali 2-0 in the tournament opener on Wednesday.
It is the first defeat for Cameroon women’s national team under current head coach Gabriel Zabo who replaced Alain Djeumfa. His first game, in his first competition since taking over, did not go as planned but there is room to improve in the next encounter.
The last time both nations met was during the 2018 Women’s African Cup of Nations where Cameroon thrashed Morocco 3-0.
The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon will strive to prove their pedigree in the next game against Ghana on September 20.
Thursday’s defeat they believe will not dent the belief that they can make a real tilt at reaching the final of the Aisha Buhari Cup.
Morocco on their part are pitted against Mali in their second outing on September 19.
Cameroon 0-1 Morocco
Tagnaout Fatima 78’