Ahead of their cucial clash to mark the opening ceremony of the 2016 women African cup of nations to be hosted by Cameroon, the two teams are all set and ready for the clash to be presided by the president of the Republic, president paul Biya according as he wrote on twitter
— President Paul Biya (@PR_Paul_Biya) November 18, 2016
. Witth sold out crowd at the nations newly refurbished Amdaou Ahidjo stadium, the competition is certainly going to light some spark in the continents football heavyweights.Although Nigertia super Falcons have dominated the competition since its inception with 7 wins out of 9 ups for grasp while the host have never won the competition. But the girls of Enow Ngatchu will be desperate to change that order and establish their presence in the continent as they announced in world cup in Canada two years ago with a stunning display to the delight of many, but in-front of over millions Cameroonians cheering them to victory, the expectations doesn’t get higher than this. This is what they have been saying ahead of the match
Enow Ngachu (Head Coach, Cameroon)
We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and here we are. When we learned that Cameroon will host the 10th edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, we realized that this will be our biggest challenge. We must do everything in order not to disappoint our fans, so that we can celebrate together come 3 December 2016. In 2012, Cameroon was third; in 2014, we were second; so in 2016 we must win this competition.
The Lionesses are buoyed up and we are trying to ensure that there is no pressure on them. We motivate them all the time and the players are ready. We have Gaëlle Enganamouit who has been with us since Thursday. She is a key player and we are happy to have her.
We played series of friendly matches here in Yaounde to have an idea of the kind of pressure to expect. We keep telling the girls there stadium will be packed on Saturday. Pressure is on our side, because we have to win all our matches. Like us, Egypt is a team that has also prepared well, playing in some friendly games. Also, they eliminated Cote d’Ivoire. They are a great team that deserves our respect, but I can assure you that wewill have the final say.
Christine Manie (Captain, Cameroon)
The state of mind of the Cameroonian team is very good. My colleagues are aware of the stakes in this competition which is taking place on our home soil. Our preparation went well.
We worked hard during these long months, knowing that this day will come. It is true that 24-hours before the opening match there is some kind of pressure. Tomorrow (Saturday) is a historic day for Cameroon, which is why we have maintained our seriousness level. The Lionesses are ready and tomorrow (Saturday), you will see another Cameroon team.
Mostafa Mohamed (Head Coach, Egypt)
We played four matches in the qualifiers including the victory over Cote d’Ivoire at the final round. We will take one game after the other and will see what happens. Every team here at this tournament has the same objective of winning the trophy.
We have some players playing abroad but they are in Colleges and not professionals. However, we want them to gain the experience and we can build on that.
Samia Adam (Captain, Egypt)
Every team has its style of play. We have been preparing very well the last few months and it has some given us the confidence to win matches.
Women’s football is evolving in Egypt and our participation in this tournament will help to heighten the awareness. Egypt has a successful men’s football team and it is our wish the women will reach that level soon.