By Beng Emmanuel
Sports Writer, Kick442.com Cameroon
There is a new generation of uprising world class female footballers in Cameroon currently at their very best form.
Cameroon’s present Women’s senior national team have lost four African women’s cup of Nations finals despite the presence of determined and dazzling footballers. It is hope that the present generation break the jinx at some point in time. But on their heels is a generation of Lionesses with exceptional potentials.
A better selection will surely return the team to continental prominence by clinching a continental silverware at least.
Though the present generation has given alot, Football has always required proper preparation for a transition to avoid a period of bad results after a period of good results.
The need to fill a possible vacuum that some of the players will leave upon departure, kick442.com took interest in the next great talents coming through for the Central African nation.
Here is the most effective group of exceptionally gifted Cameroonian female footballers of similar age capable dominating Africa in 2024.
• Bawou Ange (Louves Minproff)
The 20-year-old goalkeeper conquered the hearts of many Lionesses fans after a five-star display against Ivory Coast during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers in Abidjan.
Entrusted to stay in between the sticks by Alain Djeumfa, the Louves Minproff keeper played a vital role as Cameroon reached the fifth round without conceding during the first leg against the Ivorians.
Bawou Ange is a product of Social du Mbam and has represented Cameroon at the 2016 and 2018 FIFA U-17 World Cups. She inspired Cameroon to second place finish at the 2019 African Games in Morocco.
She’s a worthy successor of Annette Ngo Ndom who has been exceptional for the Lionesses.
•Collette Ndzana Fegue (Éclaire de Sa’a)
The teenage defender made an explosive start against the Democratic Republic of Congo last year and left an indelible mark in the mind of many as she remained part of the first choice team.
The 19-year-old left back was the main attraction as Cameroon edged DR Congo in Yaoundé 2-0. Her top class showing at the qualifiers sparked excitement at the Ahmadou Abidjo Stadium as she gave a nightmarish experience to her opponents.
Collette Ndzana Fegue made her international debut for Cameroon at the 2018 COSAFA tournament under former coach Joseph Ndoko. She is also a fine forward in Futsal.
•Reine Bakendja (Abia Angels)
Reine Bakendja won the young defender award of the Nigerian Women Football League Premiership ( NWFL) after a scintillating season. She demonstrated great accuracy enough to sink opposition threats.
The first choice center back forms 1/3 of the club’s spine and restores calm at the back each time she is on the pitch.
Her fantastic form at Éclaire de Sa’a earned her a switch to Abia Angels. She’s among six Cameroonian footballers currently playing in Nigeria.
•Mireille Tchengang Vianelle (PSG)
Mireille Tchengang is a native of the West Region-Cameroon though she has spent a greater part of her life in France.
She is a promising leading figure of Cameroon football. She has grown from strength to strength.
The classic defender was handed a maiden call up by Alain Djeumfa for back-to-back Tokyo Olympic qualifiers against Zambia in Yaounde and Lusaka.
At barely 17, Mireille Tchengang is determined to make it to the great columns. She makes commendable contributions to her club.
•Claudia Dabda Voulania (Dinamo Minsk)
The 18-year-old steady defender signed her first professional contract with Belarusian first division side, Dinamo Minsk.
She was among the group of U-17 Lionesses that took part at the 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cups. She’s is also silver medalist of the of the 2019 African Games and featured for the Lionesses in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers.
Claudia Dabda Voulania is physically incredible with the ability to read the game to perfection. She’s calm but highly efficient at the back.
She’s always at her best with most forwards getting little joy on the pitch each time she’s in action.
•Marie Gisele Ngah Manga (Amazon FAP)
The promising young star scored 1/4 of Amazon’s FAP goals last season.
At only 18,the fascinating player is always a constant threat to defenders and has been excellent with her women’s top tier club.
She shows great maturity on the ball and is an incredible talent to watch.
The U-20 Lionesses international is good and she has proven it very often.
•Meyong Charlene Menene (Louves Minproff)
She is one of the least celebrated talents in the Lionesses den in the last three years but surely on the rise to excellence.
Charlene Meyong made her full debut for Cameroon during the 2016 AWCON against South Africa. She has also participated in the 2018 COSAFA Cup, 2018 AWCON and 2019 FIFA World cup.
The 20-year-old striker scored a superb goal against DR Congo in October during a 2-0 win.The young midfielder is a charismatic play maker with incredible passing, vision and finishes.
•Moussa Zouwairatou (FC Nemen)
The former Louves Minproff talent has been hugely prolific with Belarusian football club, FC Nemen.
Born in 2001, Zouwairatou played at two U-17 World Cup finals in 2016 (Jordan) and 2018(Uruguay). She was also part of the All African Games in Morocco were Cameroon finished runners-up.
Moussa Zouwairatou is a talented starlet, a game changer and a commanding figure to this golden generation.
• Brenda Tabe Ebika (Awa Files FC)
16-year-old Brenda Tabe emerged second top scorer of the Women’s top tier league with 17 goals in 13 games.
The uprising football sensation, scored 20 goals in 16 competitive games this season for both club and country.
She scored trice for the U-17 female selection in their 10-0 aggregate win over hapless Sao Tome and Principe during the U-17 preliminary World Cup qualifiers.
Brenda Tabe has a promising future with the Lionesses no doubt. She burst into the spotlight with regional league side, Lekie FC Obala where she netted 27 goals in 13 games.
She’s such a fine attacker and a potent finisher.
•Kameni Alice Flora (Louves Minproff)
She made her debut for Cameroon in March 2016 and has since then been hailed for her extraordinary talent.
The U-17 Lionesses striker is able to sprint up the pitch with the ball perfectly in her control and score within the blink of an eye even when she is swamped by defenders. She has been described as a generational talent and almost unstoppable on the offensive.
She has scored more goals than any other other female player this season in the Women’s championship. Her finishing prowess and hardworking stint in Cameroon has attracted the interest of Spanish top flight side Real Betis Feminino.
She was part of the U-17 FIFA World Cup expedition in Jordan and has also featured for the women’s national team.
She’s one of the deadliest strikers in the making.
•Alexandra Takounda (Éclaire de Sa’a)
Alexandra Takounda has grown through the ranks of the junior category.
She has always added something extra to the Lionesses lineup be it at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and 2019 Women’s World Cup in France were she had productive outings.
Alexandra Takounda is a rare combination of talent and certainly the younger heir to Nchout Njoya Ajara and Aboudi Onguene.
She’s not only known for her emphatic display or attacking fluency but equally her ability to provide plenty of energy to the team.
1)Bawou Ange (GK)
2) Collette Ndzana (LB)
3)Reine Bakendja (CB)
4) Mireille Tchengang (RB)
5)Claudia Dabda Voulania (CB)
8) Ngah Manga
10) Kameni Alice
11) Alexandra Takounda
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