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Olympic Games playoff: Cameroon leave for Turkey ahead of crucial Chile clash

• Cameroon have one final chance to qualify for their second Olympic Games after 2012 when they meet Chile in a two-legged inter-continental play-off in Antalya-Turkey this April.  

By Beng Emmanuel 

The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon have left the country for Antalya-Turkey where they will face La Roja Feminina of Chile in a double confrontation for a spot at the re-scheduled 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo this year. 

Cameroon will face Chile for the first Chile in women’s football. It’s their final chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after making their debut during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.  

Twenty-five (25) players have been retained for the crucial encounter. Fifteen (15) of those selected are drawn from the domestic championship while the remaining ten (10) are foreign based players. 

The list of players is made up of regulars like Atletico Madrid Nchout Njoya Ajara, Gabrielle Onguene and Raissa Feudjio. Catherine Mbengono-currently top scorer of the Cameroon women’s first division league is included in the team. 

“We started our preparations since March. We wanted to ensure the players are prepared physically, technically and tactical wise to make certain that the girls are fit for the encounters. We have to leave the country with fifteen players. Ten of our players in Europe will join us, so that we can build a team and be prepared for the match with Chile”- Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa told Ginainforms before their departure. 

“We will have three days to acclimatize in Turkey. But that’s not our priority. The most important is our objective. We have three days to come up with a winning formula that will enable us qualify. Our objective is to qualify. That’s our lone target”, he added.  

Before their departure, the women’s national team of Cameroon had five training gatherings ahead of the Chile clash. Their last preparatory camp ran from March 17 to April 5th, 2021 where they trained daily at the annex of the Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium in Yaounde. They also had a couple of friendly matches to measure their level. 

The 2016 Women’s African Cup of Nations runner-up had their covid-19 test on Saturday April 3rd with both players and staff successfully going through. 

The two-legged inter-continental playoffs between Cameroon and Chile will take place on the 10th and 13th of April at the Arslan Zeki Demirci Stadium in Turkey-neutral venue for the clash. The double-header was initially scheduled for February but was later rescheduled to April due to Covid-19.  

Cameroon lost to Zambia during the fifth and final round of the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers. The Shepolopolo’s beat Cameroon 2-1 in Lusaka to qualify on away goals (4-4) after trailing 3-2 from the first leg.  

The Lionesses could join Zambia as Africa’s representatives with an expectant win against Chile. 

Full Squad: 

Goalkeepers: 

1)Bawou Ange(Louves Minproff)

2)Biyina Michaelly(Éclair Filles de Sa’a)

3)Ayangma Pauline(FC Ebolowa)

Defenders : 

4)Kouesso Magoumkoua( Awa Football Filles)

5)Edjangue Siliki(FC Ebolowa)

6)Ndzana Colette(Éclair Filles de Sa’a)

7)Njolle Ngondja Alvine(Caiman Football Filles)

8)Mambo Lamo(GD Juan Grande-Spain)

9)Estelle Johnson(Sky Blue-USA)

10)Awona Marie Aurelle(Reims-France)

11)Mayi Kith Easther(Reims-France)

Midfield 

12)Omboudou Brigitte(Amazon FAP)

13)Endale Emilienne(Caiman Football Fille)

14)Adama Raissa(Louves Minproff)

15)Meyong Menene Charlene(Louves Minproff)

16)Ngo Beleck Genevieve(FC Kiryat Gat-Isreal)

17)Feudjio Raissa(UD Granadila Tenerife-Spain)

18)Ngock Yango Grace(Guingamp-France)

Forwards

19)Lamine Mana(Amazone FAP)

20)Ngo Mback Batoun(Louves Minproff)

21)Tchaptchet Djuka Chanelle(Tokyo University-Japan)

22)Mbengono Catherine(Amazone FAP)

23)Akaba Edoa Michelle(Soyaux-France)

24)Nchout Ajara(Atletico de Madrid-Spain)

25)Aboudi Onguene Gabrielle(CSKA Moscow)

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