By Charles Embola
Football writer kick442.com-Cameroon.
Cameroon and Chile will for the first time clash in an official playoff qualifiers for a major tournament.
The girls of coach Alain Djeumfa failed to progress directly to Tokyo from their continental qualifying round losing to Zimbabwe on away goal rule (4-4) aggregate in March 2020.
Cameroon is expected to outclass the 2018 Copa America runners up at Antalya Turkey in a double header encounter with first leg coming up today 4:00 pm local time.
France-based forward Henriette Akaba is determined and optimistic about her side’s chances against La Roja.
“It was unfortunate that we lost to Zambia, but we still have two matches to play against Chile,” Akaba, who made a 25-player squad named by coach Alain Djeumfa, told CAFOnline.com.
“I believe we still have a good chance if everyone gives their best in those two games in Turkey. I think what matters now is for us to go all out to play and win to make it to the Olympics.
“The Olympic Games women’s football tournament is the second biggest competition in the world, and I will be happy to help my country qualify again for the event,” she concluded.
On his part, Head coach Alain Djeumfa confirmed on Friday the arrival of central defender Estelle Johnson which completes his defensive options ahead of what promises to be a tough battle.
Missing out in the 2016 edition was a very bitter pill for Cameroonian players and fans alike thus raising the excitement level once again ahead of today’s mouth watering finale between two different continental giants in female football.
On the side of La Roja , the workforce is full, like that of Cameroon. We note the presence of goalkeeper Christiane Endler who plays at PSG Feminin. There is also Daniela Zamora , the captain who scored a hat-trick in the Comnebol Cup two weeks ago.
Chile’s Daniela Zamora, of Djugarden Fc in Sweden said:
“The opposing team has very strong and fast players. Their game is based on that, but on our side our strengths are the touch of the ball and the beautiful game. I think we have to focus on that to be able to win the match ”.
This announces a bitter duel against Cameroon, Saturday afternoon in Turkey”(shots fired).
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