By Beng Emmanuel
The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon have been eliminated from the maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari Cup without recording a win or scoring. They lost their second game to Ghana on Monday.
Two second half goals from Princella Adubea and Konadu Adjie Vivian helped the Black Queens record their first win at the six-nation invitational tournament as they ended the competition in style. They also condemned Cameroon to their second consecutive defeat.
Like Ghana, the 2016 Vice African champions made three changes to the team that lost to Morocco 0-1 in their first game. Coach Gabriel Zabo trusted Bawou Ange in between the sticks while Eliane Bibout and Berthe Abega were handed starting roles.
Cameroon began the game after being heavily criticized for losing to Morocco last week. They managed to contain Ghana who started the game brightly with Portia Boakye’s fourth minute strike. The Indomitable Lionesses responded through Gabriel Aboudi Onguene who saw her effort saved.
Ghana continued to show their attacking intent in the first half. They created regular goal scoring chances with Grace Asantewaa, Vivian Konadu and Elizabeth Owusu coming close to break the deadlock.
They continued to enjoy possession in the second half but Cameroon goalkeeper Ange Bawou produced a string of saves to prevent her team from conceding.
But she finally succumbed to the flurry of pressure late on when Princella Adubea gave Ghana the lead. The game was meandering towards a slim 1-nil win when Konadu Vivian sealed the win two minutes to stoppage time.
Cameroon have now lost its first two games without scoring under Gabriel Zabo who replaced Alain Djeumfa after the Indomitable Lionesses failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The team is winless in their last four games.
The 2016 Vice African champions will need to put behind their dismal participation at the Aisha Buhari Cup as they brace up to face the Central African Republic in the first round qualifiers for the 2022 Women’s African Cup of Nations.