In the first leg of the final round of the India 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the Tanzanians dominated the Cameroonians 4-1, on May 22 at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.
The demonstration of strength by the Zambians began in the third minute of the match. On a corner, the striker Diana William Mnally beat the goalkeeper, Elvy Santis. The girls of coach Stéphane Ndzana Ngono, after several missed opportunities, managed to equalise thanks to a superb decisive pass from captain Njoya to striker Bernadette Ngaseh Mbele who, with the inside of her right foot, set the record straight (1-1, 22nd).
The Cameroonian defence, thinking of reorganising the game after this equaliser, suffered the torments of the duo Aisha Juma Mnunka and Clara Cleitus Luvanga. The former fed the latter who took a heavy shot. This one ends up in the Cameroonian corner (2-1, 26th). The baby lionesses tried to equalise again but their efforts were in vain. (36th) Bernadette Ngaseh Mbele’s shot was poorly received by the Tanzanian goalkeeper and was saved by the right post. The worst could have happened if defender Alexandre Nke had not been able to get the ball at the feet of striker Clara in the 41st minute.
According to Afriksportmagazine, the Cameroonian team led the attacking actions but came up against the Tanzanian defensive system. In the second half, the Cameroonian defence was not able to cope with the pressure, but the ball was caught by Alexandre Nke and Clara Cleitus Luvanga, who doubled the lead (3-1, 55th). 70th) Camilla Yvette Daha in a scramble stumbled on the keeper Husna Zuberi Mtunda. 82nd) the same duo nailed the country of Samuel Eto’o on a perfect combination that allows Luvanga to score his third goal (4-1). Encouraged by the public, the band of Stéphane Ndzana does not manage to take the upper hand on an opponent visibly underestimated in advance.
At the end of the match, Stéphane Ndzana declared “that he does not want to insist that there were cases of cheating in the opponent’s camp. But I have some ideas so that we can have a good match in the return. After the defeat, the coach of Cameroon U17, women, is already immersed in the preparation of the return match scheduled in Zanzibar. Big changes are announced. The final objective is to qualify for the final phase of the World Cup, despite the heavy handicap recorded in Yaoundé.