Egypt lose to hosts Cameroon in 2016 AWCON opener
Egypt lost 2-0 to hosts Cameroon in the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations opener, which took place on Saturday afternoon in Yaoundé.
The turnout by spectators for the opening ceremony was more than anticipated; despite a strike by bus drivers and political disputes threatening to disrupt the tournament.
The Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo – home to the Group A fixtures – was fully packed with an estimated crowd of 40,000.
Cameroon were widely considered as favorites, and named a strong starting lineup comprising of 10 Europe-based players, with only the goalkeeper plying her trade domestically.
Egypt’s starting XI was dominated by Tayaran and Wadi Degla players, as well as three unattached players.
The Indomitable Lionesses dominated the opening 20 minutes, restricting Egypt to their own half.
Six minutes later, the hosts’ hard work paid off; 21-year-old forward Foudjio Raissa put them in front.
Ethiopian referee Lydia Taffese awarded Cameroon with a penalty in the second half, and captain Christiane Patience Maine converted the spot-kick to seal the win.
The match ended 2-0 in favor of the Indomitable Lioness as they took control of Group A before South Africa and Zimbabwe face off in the second match.
Egypt face 2016 Olympics participants Zimbabwe in their second match of the tournament, on November 22.
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