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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™


Cameroon celebrates during 2018 AWCON

FIFA Women’s World Cup record

Despite being CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations regulars, Cameroon only graced the FIFA Women's World Cup™ for the first time at Canada 2015. The Indomitable Lionesses created a good impression on their debut on the big stage, progressing from the group phase after respective 6-0 and 2-1 defeats of Ecuador and Switzerland and a 2-1 loss to the then defending champions Japan. The African side’s run came to an end in the Round of 16, when they conceded early to an experienced China PR side and lost 1-0.

The road to France

Having negotiated the group phase of this year’s African finals without too much trouble, Cameroon once again came up short against Nigeria, their conquerors in the last two finals, though this time in the semi-finals. That left the Indomitable Lionesses facing Mali in the match for third place, with a ticket to France 2019 the prize for the winners. After moving into a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead, the Cameroonians were pegged back as Mali struck twice. Star players Gabrielle Onguene and Christine Manie then took over, with both finding the back of the net to give Cameroon a 4-2 victory and a return to the World Cup.

The coach

Alain Djeumfa was appointed national coach in January 2019, with France 2019 looming. He acted as fitness coach under predecessor Joseph Ndoko, who led the team through their 2019 Women’s World Cup qualification campaign. Djeumfa, who has previously coached several top-flight club teams in Cameroon, will be assisted in France by former Indomitable Lionesses' captain Bernadette Anong.

The stat

2 - Manie scored the stoppage-time goal, against Côte d’Ivoire, that booked Cameroon a place at their first Women’s World Cup, in Canada. Four years later, she was at it again in the match for third place at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, striking in the second minute of injury time against Mali to seal her side’s ticket to France 2019.