By Angu Lesley & Nji Nelson
The Cameroon football federation has published a list of 20 players summoned by Gabriel Zabo – the head coach of the Indomitable Lionesses to represent the country in a triangular invitational tournament during the October international FIFA break.
The list sees the return of goalkeeper Michaely Bihina and midfielder Charlene Meyong Menene who missed this year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Morocco and have been out of the team for over a year.
The rest of the squad is constituted by players who helped Cameroon to a fifth place finish at WAFCON 2022 with the exception of Awa Ladies’ Tabe Brenda Ebika, brought in to add quality in the star-studded frontline line.
Details about the Jordan tournament expected to run from October 5 to 11 are still skeletal but Cameroon already know their squad which includes poster girls Nchout Ajara, Gabrielle Aboudi and Estelle Johnson.
Bawou Ange now have to compete with Michaely Bihina for a spot between the sticks while in defense Nguidam Annecy is the major absentee from the squad that was in Morocco in June-July for the WAFCON. Experienced Marie Awona, Falone Tchueno Meffoumettou, Ndzana Collette join the likes of Estelle Johnson, Mayi Kith, Claudia Dabda and co in the duty to shield the back.
Meyong, WAFCON 2018 key in midfield who recently switched to Stade Reims and made her top-flight debut in a defeat against Lyon comes back to the den for the first time in 18 months. She is joined by WAFCON 2022 sensation and club colleague Ngock Monique.
The frontline is comprises of multiple options including the three players picked from the Guinness Super. Ossol Kelvine and Tabe Brenda of Awa have Kameni Alice Flora as part of their attackere legion.
Cameroon will use the event as a warm up for next year’s Women’s intercontinental FIFA World Cup playoff scheduled in February.
So far, 27 nations have qualified for the World Cup. Five slots remain up for grabs, and three teams will qualify via the intercontinental play-offs.
Cameroon, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Haiti, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Senegal, and Thailand will be taking part in the intercontinental playoffs.
The playoffs tournament will be used as a test event for New Zealand to host before the Women’s World Cup.
In the play-off draw, four teams will be seeded into groups based on the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, with a maximum of one seeded team per confederation.
Teams from the same confederation will not be drawn into the same group. The winner of each group will qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from July 20th to August 20, 2023.
Bawou Ange (Bayelsa Queens, Nigeria), Michaely Bihina (Racing Power, Portugal)
Meffoumettou Tcheno (FC Fleury 91, France), Mayi Kith (Kristianstad, Sweden), Eliane Bodolo (CD Getafe, Spain), Ndzana Collette (Dynamo Minsk, Belarus), Awona Marie Aurelle (FC Braga, Portugal), Mbengono Catherine (Okzhetpes, Kazakstan), Claudia Dabda (Dynamo Minsk, Belarus), Estelle Johnson (Gotham FC, USA)
Ngock Yango Grace (FC Fleury 91, France), Omboudou Bridgette (River Angels, Nigeria), Ngock Monique (Stade Reims, France), Charlene Meyong Menene Yverna (Stade Reims, France)
Nchout Njoya Ajara (Inter, Italy), Gabrielle Aboudi (CSKA, Russia), Michaela Abam (Houston Dash, USA), Ossol Kelvine (Awa Ladies,Cameroon), Tabe Brenda Ebika (Awa Ladies,Cameroon) & Kameni Alice Flora (Louves Minproff, Cameroon)
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