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FIFA WWC Review: Contrasting Fortunes For African Sides
Africa’s three representatives at the FIFA Women’s World Cup endured contrasting fortunes at the global show-piece which recently kicked-off in Canada.
The Ivorians who are making their debut in the competition were given a rude introduction by heavyweights, Germany, who subjected them to a morale breaking 10-0 loss in their opening Group B encounter, that saw the Europeans sail to the top of the group, while the West Africans slumbered at the opposite end of the table.
Cameroon, who were also making their debut in the competition, enjoyed a much better fortune as they recorded a resounding 6-0 win over Ecuador in their Group C opener. Gaelle Enganamouit scored a hattrick while further goals from Madeleine Ngono Mani, Jeanette Yango and Gabrielle Onguen helped the Lionesses go top of their group.
In another game, Nigeria made an encouraging start after coming from behind to draw 3-3 with women’s football powerhouse, Sweden. The African champions were two goals down inside the half-hour, but goals from Ngozi Okobi and Asisat Oshoala pulled them level.
Linda Sembrant restored the lead for the Swedes, but Francesca Ordega struck late to ensure Nigeria had a share of the spoils, to occupy second place in Group D table with one point.
In the second match days, Cameroon face Thailand, while Nigeria play Australia on Friday, 12 June. Cameroon are also billed to square off against defending champions, Japan, on Saturday, 13 June at Vancouver.