By Ekema Njoku M
The Cameroon under-17 Lionesses have started the on-going U-17 world cup on a bad footing, as their first outing ended in a dismal 3-0 defeat from their US opponents.
Two red cards were given to Cameroon, and a sunshine Fontes brace lead the USA to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Cameroon’s Cub Lionesses in the Group C opener.
The CONCACAF champions opened scores around the midway point of the first half, as Mia Fishel finished off her own rebound after breaking in on the Cameroon goal post, despite Baby Lioness goalkeeper, Christemille Onomo, doing well to direct her initial shot out of the woodwork.
The best chance for Cameroon came before the break at the 33rd minute, but Makenna Morris, defender for USA did well to block, then, clear from her own goal line following a scramble in the North American side’s box.
On the brink of half-time, USA doubled their lead after Onomo the shot-stopper for Cameroon was given the matching orders for a professional foul on Maya Doms. This was properly converted by Fontes to keep her side in control of the contest.
After the break, the central African side pressed forward in search for goals, USA took advantage of this situation by taking their opponents on the break. Pauton Linnehan was particularly unlucky when her long-range effort hit the underside of the crossbar.
Fontes, however got her second of the day at the 81 minute from a counter-attack, striking the ball past the onrushing substitute Olga Ngo Esse in the Goal-post.
Coach Stephane Ndzana’s team ended the tough day with nine players after Claudia Dabda was shown a second yellow in the final stage of the game.