FIFA Women’s World Cup: Nigeria and Cameroun Make Africa Proud

Josh Odoi Jun 9, 2015 at 04:03pm

June 09, 2015 at 04:03 pm | Entertainment

Josh Odoi

Josh Odoi

June 09, 2015 at 04:03 pm | Entertainment

Cameroon's Gaelle Enganamouit (17) celebrates a goal by Christine Manie (2) during first half FIFA Women's World Cup soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday June 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cameroon's Gaelle Enganamouit (17) celebrates a goal by Christine Manie (2) during first half FIFA Women's World Cup soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday June 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Cameroon’s Gaelle Enganamouit (17) celebrates a goal by Christine Manie (2) during first half FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday June 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Africa’s representatives at FIFA’s Women World Cup had a strong showing on match day 3. In Group C, Cameroon’s women’s national team walloped their Ecuadorian counterpart by six goals to nil, and Nigeria managed a 3-3 draw with Sweden.

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Cameroun Shines

Cameroun began their World Cup in style as their South American counterparts were subdued to sheer Africana football superiority.

Cameroun dynamic forward Gaelle Enganamouit scored three goals and assisted in another.

The blonded-head Enganamouit was a threat the entire match as she scored in the 36th, 73rd, and 94th minutes.

For half an hour, the game seemed very low key until the 34th minute, when Cameroun’s striker Enganamouit assisted Madeleine Ngono Mani in her opener for the African nation.

Two minutes later, the star of the day Enganamouit beat Equador’s goalkeeper for her first of the tournament.

Enganamouit scored again twice to cap off a captivating start to the tournament.

Nigeria Endures

With a well-represented fan base in the stadium, the Super Falcons put up a fine display against European power house Sweden.

All of Nigeria’s goals came from their previous graduates of their FIFA U-20 World Cup Campaign.

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Having never beaten Sweden, a draw for Nigeria felt like a win as things were not going as planned for the Super Falcons in first half.

Nigeria’s Desire Oparanize scored a own goal to capture the state of thing.

Soon Sweden extended their lead, but this did not deter the ever-effervescent chants of the green-clad Nigerian supporters in Winnipeg Canada.

The support propelled the Super Falcons to comeback in a 3-minute time span.

First, Ngozi Okobi brilliantly fired one past Swedish keeper Hedvig Lindahl.

Then in the 53rd minute, Asisat Oshoala opened her account with a skillful solo effort.

Sweden took back the lead in the 60th minute and all seemed lost for the West African ladies until a Francisca Ordega goal redeemed her team with only 3 minutes to the end of a fantastic game.

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