By Beng Emmanuel
Sports writer, Kick442.com- Cameroon
There has been tremendous strides in the development of women’s football in Cameroon these recent years. But what many haven’t realized is how a handful of persons contributed to the sport in relatively a short period of time.
In 2015, Cameroon’s Women’s national team led by Christine Manie stunned the world at the the Women’s World Cup in Canada with a remarkable display. And after that year things have never been the same again.
But who’s this captain, the emblematic figure. The iconic defender who stired the Lionesses ship to glory.
Kick442.com comes back to some of the special moments of former Lionesses captain on the occasion of the 36th birthday anniversary.
Christine Patience Manie began her professional career with Canon Yaoundé in 2005. By this time, women’s football was largely immeasurable with that of the men. However, unlike many female footballers, Christine Patience Manie with growing ambitions at the time decided to pursue a professional career which led her Belarus after spending five (5) years with her Yaoundé outfit.
In 2009, the physical incredible defender moved to Minsk in the Belarusian League and achieved landmark success. Within her three years stay, she fully integrated the team and registered high class performances.
A year later, she joined CS Negrea Resita a Romanian side from where she later joined CFF Olimpia. Her adventurous campaigns earned her numerous honours; The Belarusian Women’s Cup in 2011 and the Romanian Women’s Cup in 2013,2014 and 2015.
After a net success in her former clubs, Christine Manie was on the radar of several European clubs. Her ability to interpret the game coupled with her strength and defensive prowess was a major asset for most clubs.
In 2016, she finally settled for Nancy in the French League.
Her club success is surely nothing compared to her glorious days with the indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon. The 36-year-old added something extra to the lineup. She’s frequently been hailed for her hard-working stint with both club and country.
With an impressive 63 caps for country, Christine Manie since 2008 has been a revelation especially for Cameroon’s defence.
The 1.6 meter central defender will be remembered by many for her extra time winner against Ivory Coast in the semi final of the 2014 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations which qualified Cameroon for their first World Cup.
She’s always endeavoured to be the catalyst of the Lionesses success story which has had a largely improved performance.
Happy Birthday Christine Patience Manie
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