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CAMEROON Nickname : Indomitable Lionnesses

Previous participations : 1998 (4th), 2000 (eliminated in first round), 2002 (3rd), 2004 (finalist), 2006 (4th), 2008 (4th).

Qualification Path : The Indomitable Lionesses were exempted from the preliminary round and thus qualified after having beaten the DRC 2-0 and 3-0 in away and return games.

Team Profile: The Indomitable Lionesses are drawn in a difficult group alongside Equatorial Guinea, the title holders, Ghana, which is considered the number 2 on the continent despite its debacle in 2008 in Equatorial Guinea, and Algeria. Alongside Ghana and Nigeria, Cameroon is one of the three teams to have participated in all the editions of the CAN since its introduction in 1998. Having stumbled in 1998, 2006 and 2008 at the lower level, the Lionesses were finalists in 2004 but could not beat Nigeria. Some of those who played the final are still present in the team such as Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk and Francoise Bella who have since been playing professional football. They are six out of the 21 players playing out of Cameroon ; two in Europe (France and Germany), two in Asia (Thailand) and two in Africa (Nigeria).

In order to harmonise the old and the younger players, foreign and home based players, the technical staff led by Enow Ngachu, has multiplied campings after the team’s qualification which they obtained on May 6, 2010 in Yaounde. The best players of the under 17 squad that made sensation against Ghana in 2008 have been integrated into the team that trained till the last minutes in Kenya before travelling to South Africa, which the Lionesses last visited in last September for a friendly encounter against Bayana Bayana in Rustenburg, which ended 2-0 in favour of the Lionesses.

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Ngo Ndoumbouk Marlyse (03-01-1985, Usv-Jena, Germany) Since she got integrated into the national team in 2003, she has not left it. After having been trained in Canon sportif female club, the first feminine football club in Cameroon, she started her professional career and currently plays for USV Jena in Germany. Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk, 25, who was the last to join the team in camping in Kenya, is experienced and is one of the players the team counts on to win its first continental crown.

Yoh Carinr Mbuh Ndoum (10-04-1993, Gentile Ladies Bamenda, Cameroon) - She is one of the hopes of feminine football in Cameroon. She has already gotten two international caps at 17. Groomed in Bamenda in the North West region of the country, she hopes to seize the opportunity offered her by the African Cup of Nations in South Africa to shine in the continent and in the eyes of Cameroonians who discovered her in the under 17 squad during the qualifiers for the World Cup in 2008 against Ghana.

Gaëlle Deborah Enganamouit (09-06-1992, Lorema Fc Yaounde, Cameroon) - This is another young lioness who is part of this new generation with whom Cameroon hopes to play the leading role on the continental scene. Even though she is being sought for by people like Franck Rohlicek of Canon, a big supplier of players to the national team, she prefers to stay in Lorema which brought her to limelight. Despite her timid look, she is tough in matches. Known for her hard work, her teammates say she is indefatigable.

Profile of coach Enow Ngachu (21-02-1975) - His coaching career is closely associated with the female national team which he has been managing since 2004. In 2008, he found himself managing the junior team, the under 20 squad and the under 17 squad. Despite the absence of means to prepare in ideal conditions, he has been managing to get along with the team.

But this is no longer the case because the Cameroon Football Federation and the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education have this time provided the means for ideal preparation. « We were placed in the best conditions for preparations and I think that the girls are ready to meet the challenge. Even though we are in a difficult group alongside Ghana and Equatorial Guinea, we hope to grab a place for the World Cup, » he states.

This former player of Sable of Batie and Victoria United, two clubs of the Cameroon elite league, rapidly embraced the career of coach and is holder of a CAF « C » licence. At 35, he is also the technical director of the Njalla Quan Sports Academy, a football school based in Limbe in the South West region, his place of origin, which has a team at the national division 2 championship that missed ascending to the elite league.

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