Cameroon 0-1 Canada
Though the indomitable lionesses suffered their first loss in their first game in the ongoing Women World Cup, Estelle Johnson seem to have impressed Cameroonians mightily at least judging by their reactions on social media.
Johnson was part of the first XI that confronted Canada in a disappointing 1-0 loss to the indomitable Lionesses.
During and after the match, though with the loss, one player has been the focal point of many Cameroonians; Estelle Laura Johnson. She was the solid rock at the defense line of Cameroon.
On different Social media platforms;Twitter Facebook and on Watssap groups the following utterances have been made by Cameroonians about Johnson.
“With this one defender, Nigeria wouldn’t have defeated us in 2016 and 2018″
“Our female Joel Matip, exceptional calmness”
“Super proper Estelle Johnson”
“My personal player Estelle Johnson keeping the backline tight”
“A tell u say the difference is clear,that girl na the eye”
“When you watch Johnson play, you understand that African countries can one day lift this trophy”
“Madam proper defending”
The above are some of the comments about the experience defender.
The 30 year old was born in Diamare in Maroua and plays with Sky Blue FC based in Piscataway Township but in less than a month around the Lionnesses Den,she is already developing a huge fan base not only for herself but the team.
Johnson became interested in playing for Cameroon, her country of birth after watching the team reached the round of 16 in the 2015 FIFA World Cup. Parties involved struggled to work out the details with the team until coach Alain Djeumfa joined the team in January 2019 and she got her first invitation.
Johnson was named in the indomitable Lionesses squad on 1st May 2019 and made her début 16 days later against Spain in a 0-4 friendly loss. She was named in Cameroon’s final roster for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.
She previously played for the Western New York Flash as well as the Philadelphia Independence of women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), Sydney FC of Australia’s League and Washington Spirit.
Johnson and co may have lost the opening game but the team is winning more fans back home and around the World for their fighting spirit.
Mangek Promise Ngum