Coach of Cameroon,EnowÂ Ngachu has boasted that Nigeriaâ€™s Super Falcons cannot stopÂ his teamâ€™s ambition of playing in the final of the African Women Championship, AWC,Â in South Africa.
Ngachu, whose team defeated Algeria 2-1 yesterday to qualify for the Thursdayâ€™s semiÂ final against Nigeria, said nothing will stop his ladies from playing in the finalÂ after getting this far in the competition.
â€œI wonâ€™t lose a game here,â€ he said. â€œI am playing to the final and getting set toÂ lift the cup. Our aim is to qualify for the World Cup in Germany and to do that, weÂ must play to the final and in the process, we will not lose a single game,â€ heÂ boasted.
Nigeria and Cameroon are no strangers to themselves and it must be stressed that theÂ two teams in fact played themselves twice in the 2004 edition hosted by the sameÂ South Africa.
At the group stage, the Lionesses showed a lot of guts storming back from 0-2 downÂ to draw 2-2 against Nigeria but the Cameroun teamÂ further surprisedÂ many byÂ displaying their naivety on the big stage, going down 5-0 to the same Falcons on theÂ final day. A repeat performance was to follow in 2006 and this time it was in theÂ semi-finals and the red hot Nigerian ladies dished out another 5-0 spanking to theÂ Cameroon team.
Cameroon and Nigeria seem a sure bet in every tournament and the 2008 edition was noÂ exception. Then, both sides met in the losers final and Cameroon should have won it,Â though the more experienced but out of form Nigerian side still ran away 4-3 winnersÂ on penalty after full timeÂ ended 1-1 apiece.
The results between both nations become very embarrassing if the 6-0 drubbing in theÂ semis of the inaugural edition in 1998 and the 3-0 spanking in the group stage ofÂ the 2000 edition is to be taken into consideration.