Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa: African teams contesting for the Women’s World Cup

The France women’s world cup is kicking off on  Friday June 7, 2019 ,with three Africans representing the African Continent, we have Nigeria  the mother of them all,who has being representing African continent since 1991. South Africa are going into the competition for the first time and Cameroon.

Nigeria (Group A)

The 11th time African champions have been persistent in the world cup since 1991, they have proven to be a good team. They made it to the quarter-finals in 1999.

They find it difficult to get their ticket in this year world cup as they struggle to finish behind South Africa,thanks to their African cup of Nations win , which gave them automatic ticket to the competition.

The likes of Oshoala and oparanozie and ordega will be players to watch out for as the tournaments begins, they will be looking forward to surpass their previous records in the competition with their experienced head coach solidly behind them.

 

Cameroon (Group E)

Cameroon are enjoying their second consecutive qualification for the Women’s World Cup, four years after reaching the round of 16 in Canada. The Indomitable Lionesses have reached the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations four times, in 1991, 2004, 2014 and 2016, falling short to rivals Nigeria on all four occasions.

Cameroon stamped the third and final African ticket to France with their third-place finish in the most recent African Cup of Nations. Like Nigeria, they haven’t drawn the easiest group for this tournament. In Group E, they face Canada, New Zealand and defending European champions The Netherlands. Their attacking star is Gabrielle Onguéné, who scored the deciding goal in qualifying against Mali. The CSKA Moscow striker is one of Africa’s top players.

South Africa (Group B)

The South Africans are heading for a baptism by fire for their first-ever Women’s World Cup. The affectionately nicknamed Banyana Banyana (“The Girls”) qualified for the tournament in France by reaching the African Cup of Nations final.

The South Africans, too, will have their work cut out in France. Drawn in Group B, they face two-time world champions Germany (2003, 2007), China and Spain. Coach Desiree Ellis, a women’s football pioneer in South Africa, will help them rise to the challenge.

Ellis was a founding member of the national team and won 32 caps during her playing career. The team can also count on captain Janine van Wyk’s experience. The 32-year-old defender is now the most capped South African player in history, men included, with more than 150 national team selections to her credit

 

 

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