By Angu Lesley
The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon have ended their home preparations for 2022 TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations with a narrow win over Senegal thanks to a first international goal from aspiring AWCON debutant Kevin Ossol.
The first international goal from Ossol helped the indomitable Lionesses defeat the Senegalese side 1-0 in the second meeting at the Bepanda Omnisport Stadium this week.
The Lionesses protected the eighth minute lead till the end despite multiple attempts from coach Mame Cisse’s side to draw level.
Coach Gabriel’s Cameroon team displayed a different approach from that which earned a 2-2 draw in the previous meeting on Wednesday.
“We approached today’s game in a different manner from the previous game. We wanted to see all our qualities as it was a warm-up game. We opted for a direct approach today to see the other side of our team. We are keen on assembling a good group of players,” coach Zabo preparing for his debut AWCON tournament as coach of Cameroon revealed.
With the France warm-up fixture lurking in a week’s time, Zabo was also keen on getting more from his players.
“Matches like this provides an opportunity to prepare the players mentally and tactically. We did that today, in the end we will assemble a good squad for the AWCON.”
Though the Indomitable Lionesses walked away with the victory, there was a cost. Full-back Falone Meffoumetou limped off injured in the first segment of the game.
Coach Zabo revealed she was immediately rushed to the hospital to ascertain the extent of the injury, but the technical staff is yet to recieve a feedback about the process.
His counterpart who guided Senegal past Mali and reached the AWCON was happy with his side.
“These two games were aimed at enhancing our preparations. There are so many lessons. I am satisfied with my team. We rotated the squad and have noted the potentials of most of our players,” coach Mame Moussa Cisse spoke of his Senegal team.
The Senegal will finalize their preparations for the start of the tournament later this month while Cameroon travels to France for a blockbuster friendly before traveling to Morocco in search of their first continental crown at the AWCON.
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