Ajara Nchout scored a glorious 95th-minute winner to send Cameroon into the last 16, while the Netherlands secured top spot with victory over Canada.
It was a memorable match and 22 million Cameroonians including the President of the republic were thrilled with 95 minutes of football which went down the wire.
Cameroon simply needed to win to advance to the next stage and equal their best record ever in the tournament. With continental giant super falcons of Nigeria lying in wait, desperate to progress from the lioness’ weakness, there was plenty to play for at Monpeller
After an uneventful first half where both teams struggled to control the ball especially in their opponents half, the real drama was reserved for the second half of the game
An own goal from Aurelle Awona looked to have condemned the Lioness to a premature exit from the competition, canceling out Nchout’s opener.
However, Cameroon flooded players forward in the dying seconds. Nchout produced the moment of brilliance required, weaving her way past New Zealand defenders before firing her effort past Erin Nayler into the bottom corner.
“Not just the skill to beat Percival twice, but the composure to drift the ball into the far corner as Nayler came out, knowing that her country was out of the World Cup if she missed.” The Guardian reported
Alain Djeumfa’s side was the better team this afternoon and deserve its place in the next round of the competition, which is secured thanks to its win along with their good disciplinary record. New Zealand didn’t have enough in the contest, and although it will be disappointed to lose in that manner, it didn’t deserve to continue at the expense of Cameroon.
Shortly after the game in a post-match interview, match winner Nchout Ajara said they played and gave their all for the people of Cameroon and for peace in Cameroon, a dedication to the crisis stricken Anglophone regions which has killed many as secessionist fight for autonomous state of Ambazonia.
Her compassionate statement in front of the world stage immediately won more hearts for the female lions, with many taking to social media to congratulate the girls and thank the super star for thinking of Cameroonians west of the Mungo during these trying times.
The heroics from the female lions won the hearts of many including the commander in chief who took to twitter to congratulate the girls saying “Congratulations to the Indomitable Lionesses! You have been heroic. I am with you wholeheartedly.”
Bravo les Lionnes Indomptables !
Vous avez été héroïques.
Je suis de tout cœur avec vous.
Congratulations to the Indomitable Lionesses !
You have been heroic.
I am with you wholeheartedly.#FIFAWWC #DareToShine #AllezLesLionnes #Cameroun#Cameroon#PaulBiya
— President Paul BIYA (@PR_Paul_BIYA) June 20, 2019