Cameroon coach Enow Ngachu has written off the chances of Nigeria winning the 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde on Saturday.
Hosts Indomitable Lionesses defeated Ghana’s Black Queens 1-0 in the first semifinal of the tournament in Yaounde on Tuesday to set up a final showdown with the Super Falcons, who also beat South Africa’s Banyana Banyana 1-0 in the second semifinal in Limbe on the same day.
Seven-time African champions Nigeria have won the tournament twice at Cameroon’s expense.
The Falcons humiliated the Lionesses 5-0 to claim their fourth title in the final of the championship hosted by South Africa in 2004. Nigeria returned 10 years later to win their seventh title after beating their bitter rivals 2-0 in the Namibia 2014 final at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.
France-based striker Desire Oparanozie and Arsenal Ladies forward Asisat Oshoala scored a goal apiece to hand Nigeria the title.
But Ngachu, who watched helplessly from the dugout as his team suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Falcons in their second final in the tournament, which began in Abeokuta in 1998, has vowed the Lionesses will win the title this time round.
He says the Lionesses cannot afford to lose to the Falcons for the third time in the final of the elite competition, saying they will give everything in Saturday’s clash.
“I’ve already lost two finals and I hope to win this time,” Ngachu was quoted as saying by Cafonline after guiding Cameroon to a 1-0 triumph over Ghana.
“We know how to handle pressure. We will continue to work so that our players manage this situation at best.”
Nigeria coach Florence Omagbemi said the Falcons would correct their mistakes in the clash against South Africa ahead of the final.