By Ekema Njoku M.
Coach Stephane Ndzana and his cub lionesses have lost their last Group C game of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in the hands of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The encounter between Cameroon and Korea DPR was a must-win match for both sides since the group placing saw all four teams with three point after two days of playing. Cameroon had lost her first match to the United States of America 3-0 and in the second game defeated Germany by slim 1-0 while Korea DPR lost to Germany 4-1 and defeated the United States of America by 3-0.
The girls began the match well as they got an early goal which motivated them to believe they could sail through the group. Unfortunately for them, minutes to the break, the Koreans got an equalizer after losing a penalty earlier in the game.
At the early stages of the second half Captain Claudia Dabda and her teammates were on the front foot as they mounted pressure in search for a goal but they were heartbroken when Su Jong got the second goal for Korea DPR from a long-range strike at the edge of the 18m box, giving her team the opportunity to qualify second in her group and forcing the shot-stopper for the Lionesses to pick the ball from the back of her net for the second time in the game.
The Koreans kept Cameroon on their toes for the better half of the second half as they kept multiplying chases to score but the resilient Olga Ngo Esse did all she could to keep her team in the game. At the closing stages of the game, the baby lionesses attempted to level scores but were either off target or squandered the chances.
Despite the defeat, Coach SN and his girls ended the competition on the third position in front of USA that white-washed the lionesses in their first group game. Germany on her part trampled on the USA in their last group game by a 4-0 margin to secure the first spot of group C.