Cameroon has long been renowned for their achievements at the FIFA World Cup™, most famously their iconic win over Argentina at Italy 1990. But now the Indomitable Lionesses have created similar breakthough success with a dynamic 2-1 win over Switzerland catapulting them into historic qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ knockout stage.
Cameroon are now just the second African team after Nigeria in 1999 to progress beyond the group stage, and their win over Switzerland is only the second by an African nation over a European opponent at the tournament. Cameroon’s nine goals at Canada 2015 is comfortably the highest tally by a representative of the Mother Continent.
Few backed Cameroon to succeed at Canada 2015 on their debut but the Indomitable Lionesses played with all the swagger and confidence of Roger Milla and Co during that memorable Italian summer to advance. Cameroon came within inches of taking a point from world champions Japan in their last outing, and the result meant Switzerland only needed a draw on Tuesday in Edmonton. A goal down at half-time Cameroon played with rare verve to dominate the second half against the first European team to qualify for Canada 2015.
Gabrielle Onguene drew the teams level and when substitute Madeleine Ngono Mani then powered in a bullet header from close-range to finish a thrilling move there was only going to be one winner. Ngono Mani – who has served the national team with distinction for well over a decade – was in many ways the perfect candidate to be front and centre for the Indomitable Lionesses’ special moment.