By Charles Embola
Football writer kick442.com-Cameroon.
All hopes of a second participation in an Olympic tournament for Cameroon’s women’s national team were dashed in Antalya Turkey on Tuesday April 2021. The Indomitable lionesses had failed to qualify directly for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to the benefit of Zambia on away goal rule though both legs were tied at 4-4 aggregate score.
Cameroon and Chile therefore had to settle for one of the last two tickets as best losers from the CAF and COMEBOL zones respectively since March 2020 in Bafoussam (Cameroon) and Santiago in Chile for the first and second leg of the playoffs.
The ties which were pushed by FIFA one year on to a neutral venue as a result of the corona virus outbreak had its first leg played on the 10th of April that saw Chile beat Cameroon 2-1 with goals from central defensive paring of Camila Saez and Carla Guerrero before Nchout Njoya Ajara reduced the deficit to set up a mouthwatering second leg three days later.
The lionesses had shown glimpses of their football prowess in the first leg but had all to play for on Tuesday 13 of April after receiving fitness boost from their medical staff about midfield maestro Raissa Feudjio (45) caps who missed the first leg.
Disappointingly for the fans, she was an unused substitute throughout a game which Camerooon dominated in the 90 minutes of regular time.
However dominant the lionesses were with the ball, they failed to create chances that could bring them back into the tie and press the Chileans to come out of the back were they sat for the most part of the game. Miss Omboudou (#17) saw a second yellow 20 minutes to full time which was equal to a red card and left her team mates sweating to at least pull one goal back and expect to get into prolongation of 15 minutes x2.
Reduced to 10 ladies on the pitch, the girls still didn’t give breathing space for the Chileans who refused come out of their own half of the pitch to create any problems for the lionesses who maintained their probing attitude to the final blast of the whistle.
The stalemate means La Roja Feminina will be taking part in their first ever Olympic tournament while Cameroon misses out for the second time after their first participation in the 2012 London Olympics.
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