Just like with the reverse fixture, the goal came in the second half with Ngock Yango coming off from the bench and offering the opener for Cameroon while Eliane Mambo Lambo sealed the victory at the 91st minute from the free kick spot.
It was a laborious and frustrating game for the lionesses that wanted to please the authorized 5000 fans present at the Japoma arena but were stopped by the central Africans whose sole motif was to limit play with players falling every five minutes, therefore calling in the medics and breaking down the momentum of the game. A total of 24 out of 45 minutes were played in the first half. The rest of the half was spent on injury break.
The same situation repeated itself in the second half with the following game time stoppages recorded by mysoccer24.com
- 48th minute: 1 minute stoppage time
- 54th minute: 6 minutes stoppage time
- 64th minute: 1 minute stoppage time
- 71st minute: 2 minutes stoppage time
- 76th minute: 1 minute stoppage time
- 89th minute: 1 minute stoppage time
A total of 12 minutes wasted on injury break with the blessings of the Congolese referees who didn’t do anything to stop this unfairness.
The indomitable lionesses were not there just to win the game. The qualification didn’t pose a problem, but the girls wanted to do it in grand style. Unfortunately, game cohesion and imprecise passes are the two main setbacks which the lionesses need to mend to make their fans happier. Cameroon’s first shot on target came at the 68th minute through Njoya Ajara after 3 shots off target in the 1st half.
The indomitable lionesses will face the winner of the Sierra Leone vs Gambia clash to get into the final stage of the competition, to be hosted by Morocco.