Nigeria to face Olympic Cameroon Lionesses in upcoming AWC
July 23, 2012
The eighth annual African Women's Championship (AWC) is coming up in October, and the groups have been drawn, pitting Nigeria's national team, the Super Falcons, against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon. BBC News reports last year Cameroon beat Nigeria in the Olympic qualifiers and the Lionesses will be playing for the Gold in London in a few weeks. Ivory Coast and Ethiopia are in Group A for the African competition as well, and the Nigerian team is getting ready to take on their competitors.
"We have been drawn in a very strong group and we have to be well prepared to progress to the semi-finals and the final," Falcons head coach Kadiri Ikhana told AllAfrica. "Cameroon is a good side. They are ranked second in Africa and we have to remember that they stopped a very good Ghana side on their way to the finals in Equatorial Guinea."
He went on to explain the first match of any tournament always tends to be the most difficult. A victory against the Olympic team from Cameroon will be just what the Falcons need to bolster morale and take on the other teams in the group to hopefully compete for the title, the news source indicates.
According to BBC, Nigeria has won the AWC six times, losing only once to Equatorial Guinea in 2008. There is a chance Nigeria could come up against the only other AWC title-holding team, as Equatorial Guinea has been placed in the other group with South Africa, Senegal and DR Congo. Those who want to discuss the upcoming tournament can make calls to Nigeria with phone cards and get the latest updates from their friends.