A first ever continental title is the goal for Cameroon when the women’s Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Saturday but will the hosts flourish or collapse under the weight and pressure of expectation?
The Indomitable Lionesses are one of seven teams desperate to deny Nigeria another African title.
The Nigeria Super Falcons are the dominant force on the continent as they prepare to claim the 8th title of the African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Coach, Florence Omagbemi who was once the Captain of the Super Falcons has won the title four times but this is her first outing as a coach.
On the two occasions Equatorial Guinea claim the title but the Falcons have been crowned African champions seven times.
“Yes, it’s my first tournament as a coach but my experience as a player has prepared me for this. Teams want to beat Nigeria, we will work extra hard to retain the title,” Omagbemi said.
Apart from Nigeria, only South Africa and Cameroon have appeared at every tournament since the event began in 1998 as the African Women’s Championship.
After finishing third in 2012 and runners-up in 2014, the hosts have set their sights on winning the big prize on home soil.
They have been boosted by the return from injury of the reigning African Women’s Player of the Year, Gaelle Enganamouit.
Group A: Cameroon, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt
Group B: Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Mali