By Angu Lesley
Gabriel Zabot has told his Indomitable Lionesses to give their all ahead of Thursday night’s crunch WAFCON 2022 quarter-final against the SuperFalcons of Nigeria, saying: ‘I think ‘Nigeria’s time is over.’
Cameroon head into the clash in Casablanca on the crest of a wave after a euphoric victory over Tunisia last weekend.
Zabo, who is set to revert to a four-man defence after using a back three against Tunisia, is to be without Ngock Yango and Ngock Monique for the Nigeria clash due to suspension for accumulation of bookings.
It opens the door to Claudia Dabda to make his first start of the tournament as confirmed by the coach.
During the preparatory matches young Ngock Monique was not a regular. Dabda, considered as the Marc Vivien Foe of women’s football, arrived late in camp and that opened doors for Monique. We have option and we are not worried,” Zabo explained in the pre-match conference.
Cameroon and Nigeria were favourites to reach the semi-final before the start of the but the Lionesses struggled in the first two games thus finishing second which amounted to this tie.
‘There’ s not a consideration in our heads beyond making sure we’re prepared for Nigeria. In the past there was a big gap between Cameroon and Nigeria, and we have moved on. If so, it is time to tell Nigeria that their time is up and it is our time to shine. We want to go to the World Cup and for that we have to win this game.’
Nigeria understood before many nations that women’s football has a lot of value and in Cameroon today we have understood this. South Africa and even Morocco have understood that and I think Nigeria’s time is over.’
The Indomitable Lionesses who failed to win WAFCON 2014, 2016 and 2018 because of the brilliance of the Super Falcons will hope to get one over their everlasting foes.
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