Hosts Cameroon beat Egypt as SA, Zim­babwe draw

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BBC.CO.UK /

Hosts Cameroon opened the 2016 women’s Africa Cup of Na­tions with a 2-0 vic­tory over Egypt in front of a home crowd which in­cluded Cameroon’s Pres­i­dent Paul Biya and na­tional foot­ball leg­end Sa­muel Eto’o.

Goals from Aboudi Onguene and cap­tain Manie Chrisi­tine gave the In­domitable Lionesses a win­ning start to their cam­paign. In the late match in Yaounde, Zim­babwe held South Africa to a 0-0 draw in the sec­ond Group A fix­ture.

Cameroon piled on the pres­sure early on against Egypt but failed to make their final balls into the area count, fre­quently find­ing their op­po­nents’ de­fence.

How­ever, the home side found a way through in the 23rd minute when a cross from Falone Mef­foume­tou from the right was met by the head of Aboudi Onguene whose glanc­ing header beat the goal­keeper and went over the line off the post. Cameroon also came close when Ngono Mani curled a long range ef­fort over the top of Egypt’s goal­keeper Maha She­hata, but it hit the post and was even­tu­ally cleared.

The sec­ond half started in the same vein as the first with Cameroon dom­i­nat­ing. Onge­une out­foxed the Egyp­tian de­fence to get into the area and cross to the feet of Ngono Mani who went down as the crowd roared for a penalty - only for the ap­peals to be waved away by the Ethiopian ref­eree, Ly­dia Tafesse.

More penalty ap­peals fol­lowed for Cameroon and the hosts were even­tu­ally awarded one when Njoya Ajara was fouled on the goal line. Cap­tain Manie Chris­tine stepped up to take the spot-kick, send­ing the Egyp­tian goal­keeper the wrong way to make it 2-0. On a dif­fi­cult af­ter­noon for Egypt, Cameroon com­pletely dom­i­nated the match with their own keeper not be­ing tested at all.

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