By Ekema Njoku .M.
Coach Joseph Ndocko and his ladies overcame a scare to beat the Eaglets of Mali by 2-1 in their opening Group A of the Women’s African Cup of Nations sponsored by Total in Ghana.
Two second-half goals from Nchout Ajara and Falone Meffemetou cancelled out Aissatou Traore’s early strike in the second half for Mali, sending the Indomitable Lionesses to the top of the group with three points.
The Eaglets of Mali were going into the game to create an upset as they have never defeated the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon. With a virgin draw after the first half, the Malian ladies were given the opportunity to dream big.
The hopes of the Eaglets were raised high when they came on top of the game with a strike from Aissatou Troare which found itself at the back of the Cameroon shot stopper’s net, ten minutes into the second half.
Ready to protect their lead the Malians went into a defensive strategy leaving Coach Ndocko’s girls to throw everything at them. This yielded fruits at the 70th minute with a corner kick from Nchout Ajara that was poorly cleared by the defence line of the Malians, as the ball fell on Mefomettou Falone and somehow found its way across the goal line to put Cameroon back on level terms.
The Cameroon Lionesses were not done yet as two minutes later, Aboudi Ongenue, best player of last AWCON burst forward before setting the ball for Ajara, who side-footed into the Malian net to send Lionesses ahead.
The Lionesses of Cameroon have never lost to Mali. This first victory pushes captain Patience Manie and her teammates, top of the group alongside Ghana as their attention is now turned towards the second game of the group against Algeria.