2020 Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers: Cameroon beats Cote d’Ivoire to sail to round 5

The indomitable lionesses of Cameroon have defeated visiting Cote d’Ivoire to secure a space at the fifth round of qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

The game fielded at the Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium this Tuesday 12th November 2019 was a return leg of the fourth day for the Africa Women’s Olympic qualifiers.

The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon ended the decisive match with an aggregate of 2-1 despite a virgin draw (0-0) with Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan in the away leg.

The match

The vising Ivorian ladies enjoyed a bright start till the 28th minute of play when the host, Cameroon took the lead on the score board.

20-year old Charlene Meyong was the author of the opening goal that helped Cameroon control the goal table till half time.

Cote d’Ivoire responded with a prompt equalizer shortly after the resumption as agile Rebecca Amon scored at the 48th minute to level the scores.

About ten minutes to the end of the game, the visiting fans and players were more determined than ever to seal a deal and register a win with an away goal.

Nchout Ajara Njoya break the silence at the 84th minute through a penalty, a goal that helped Cameroon sailed through the fifth and last round of qualifiers.

The winning goal scored by the Valerenga striker is the third for the Norway-based player in nine matches of the 2020 Women’s Olympic qualifying games.

Cameroon will therefore battle 2019 COSAFA Women’s Cup runners-up, Zambia for the only automatic spot for Toyko 2020.

The day-5 CAF Women’s Football qualifiers for the 2020 Summer Olympic in Tokyo, Japan will be fielded on 12th January 2020.

Benly Anchunda

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