Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers: Cameroon faces Kenya in decisive match today.

Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses face the Harambe Starlets of Kenya today in Nairobi, in a fixture which determines which of the two teams will advance to the second round of qualifiers for next year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, WAFCON, scheduled to be organised by Morocco.

The decisive fixture will be played at the Nyayo National Stadium as from 1pm.

The Lionesses, who travelled to Kenya on Sunday September 24, head into the fixture with a 1-0 advantage.

The girls of Coach Jean Baptiste Bisseck had defeated the Harambe Starlets during the first leg match played at the Reunification Stadium in Douala on Friday September 22.

Captain Aboudi Onguene and mates headed out to Nairobi, having at the back of their minds that they must secure at least a draw to keep WAFCON qualification dream alive. 

Since arriving the East African nation, the team has remained fully mobilised head of the encounter.

Lionesses Vice Captain, Nchout Njoya Ajara, who spoke to reporters in Douala before the team jetted out of the country, said they will look to do better than during the first leg clash. 

“It is true that at the start, we really didn’t know the team. We had to observe them. Now, we have learned a lot and I think that in the return match, we will make the difference,” the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup star said. 

“We saw our shortcomings and we know what we need to correct in the next match. We will particularly work in front of the goals,” Ajara stated.

Head coach, Jean Baptiste Bisseck, who will be playing only his second international match with the Lionesses, said he is still working to get a compact team since he took charge of the selection just months back.

He said the entire team is working hard to complete a double over the Starlets in Nairobi this afternoon.

“I think that aspect of having a new team might be affecting us slightly. We are working harder and looking forward to addressing all of that in the upcoming return fixture,” the football tactician told reporters. 

Prior to today’s match, the Lionesses held a reconnaissance training session at the Nyayo National Stadium yesterday.

For their part, the Harambe Starlets, who will be playing in front of their home crowd, are said to be motivated to overcome the Lionesses, whom they have not been able to beat in the last five head-to-head meetings.

The winner of the Cameroon versus Kenya tie will face either Botswana or Gabon in the second round of the qualification tournament.

Botswana already took a giant step towards qualifying for the next round of the qualifiers after defeating Gabon 4-1 during the away fixture.

The 2024 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations will be hosted by Morocco. 

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