By Adeboye Amosu:
Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon head coach, Joseph Brian, has rued his team’s 4-2 penalty shootout defeat to Nigeria in the semi-final of the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations, but hopes to bag the third World Cup spot on offer in the Third Place match, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Cameroonians dominated possession for majority of the Tuesday’s first semi-final game, but were unable to breach the Nigerian defence.
Penalty shoot-out was needed to separate both teams after the game ended 0-0 after 120 minutes of action.
It was another heartbreak for the Indomitable Lionesses who lost in the final of the last edition of the competition to Nigeria on home soil two years ago.
“Its a pity we couldn’t win. We tried all we could, now we will look to qualify for the World Cup,” Brian told reporters after the game.
“You saw the game, we tried our best. We lost 2 penalties and they scored 4. That ends it.”
Brian now face the difficult task of motivating his charges for the third place match in which a win will guarantee them a place at 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
“We are going to play a World Cup qualification match, but the girls are sad and maybe they’ll cry tonight.
“I’ll probably cry along with them and after that we have to play again,” he added.