Cameroon pip Kenya in Nairobi friendly

Cameroon pip Kenya in Nairobi friendly
24 October 2016 03:24

Cameroon warmed up for the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Kenya in a friendly played on Saturday (22 October 2016) at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi. 

‘Les Lionnes’ scored the winner in the second half via a Christine Manie penalty.

Both teams used the match to prepare for the 10th edition of the Women’s AFCON which kicks off on November 19 in Cameroon. The two sides will face off for the second time on November 6 in Limbe where Kenya will based for their maiden participation in the biennial championship.

“It was a good match for both sides because it showed us how far we have come as far as preparation is concerned. We have also tested the strength of our players to see what we need to do before the tournament starts in three weeks,” Enow Ngacho, Cameroon head coach told CAFOnline.com after the match.

Despite the defeat, Kenya picked a lot of positives from the match, which according to the Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma gave them a picture of what to expect in Cameroon where they are housed in Group B with defending champions Nigeria, Ghana and Mali.

“We had very good scoring chances and we only conceded to Cameroon through a penalty. I think all along we wanted to play against a West African side before the Women’s AFCON because it will give us what to expect and from what we have seen today. I am quite optimistic we can compete with our opponents very well,” said Ouma.

Striker Neddy Atieno was gifted with the Starlets’ best three chances all within the opening ten minutes failed to hit target. As early as the second minute, she used her pace to beat her marker on the left before edging into the box but her effort went inches over the bar. 

Two minutes later, she broke through on the right, outmuscling her marker once again but her shot aimed at the far post was futile, the ball rolling wide.

In the seventh minute she had another chance after Christine Nafula nodded down the ball for her, but the eventual shot was awry.

The hosts gradually grew into the match with midfielder Genevieve Ngombeleck and winger Henriete Akaba being Cameroon’s best players. Akaba came close in the 19th minute but she shot wide from close range after Wendy Achieng mis-controlled an Augustine Ngoback cross.

The visitors had another opportunity in the 35th minute with captain Manie’s header from a Ngombeleck cross flashing across the face of goal.

The visitors broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute from the penalty spot via Manie after a Kenyan defender handled inside the box in an attempt to defend a shot from Ngoback.
The impressive Ngombeleck had a chance on the 70th minute with a shot from inside the box but Kenya custodian Samantha Akinyi managed to handle the ball well.

The home side upped the pressure in the final minutes, but the closest they came was via a Wendy Achieng free kick in the 80th minute which went over. The Kenyans had played the match just less than two days after arriving from Cameroon where they were on a 10-day training camp.


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