After two weeks of fantastic football, the final two teams standing will slug it out for who will be crowned the Queens of African football.
Hosts Cameroon and record holders Nigeria go head to head on Saturday at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo for the African women’s title.
The match promises to be a pulsating encounter between two traditional rivals who always go at each other irrespective of the level of football being played.
Supersport’s Andrew Randa and Usher Komugisha preview the final game, dissecting each team’s progress to the final and suggest what to expect from Saturday’s final clash.
First up is Usher who breaks down the Cameroonian side of things.
Hosts Cameroon will be looking for their inaugural African title when they take on record seven-time champions Nigeria in the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations final on Saturday at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
The Indomitable Lionesses are the only side that is yet to concede a goal at the continental competition and scored five goals in three games to amass nine points from three Group A matches before edging Ghana 1-0 in the semi-final.
Enow Ngachu’s outfit have done an incredible job to impose their dominance backed by a determined and vehement home crowd that will be looking to back their side against a seasoned opponent.
The Indomitable Lionesses have grown by leaps and bounds in each match and the final could not have come at a much better time than this.
Journey to the final
Cameroon 2-0 Egypt (Gabrielle Ouegene Aboudi, Christine Manie)
Cameroon 1-0 South Africa (Genevieve Mbeleck Ngo)
Zimbabwe 0-2 Cameroon (Michelle Henriette, Ado Akaba brace)
Cameroon 1-0 Ghana (Raissa Feudjio)
Ngachu has no injury worries ahead of the final and will be looking to dependable forward Gaëlle Enganamouit to end her goalless drought at the tournament so far.
The reigning Caf African Female Player of the Year is yet to find the back of the net but has played a formidable role in Cameroon’s attack, most notably providing an assist for Akaba’s goal against Zimbabwe in their last Group A tie.
Players to watch
The Romania-based forward, who wears the captain’s armband, plays an important role at the heart of the Indomitable Lionesses’ defence with the ability to execute good tackles and game reading.
Her commitment and ability to focus under pressure at all times have inspired her side to four clean sheets in all their four games at this tournament. She also commands respect in the air on both offence and defence and is the number one choice penalty taker for the Indomitable Lionesses. She scored in their opener, a 2-0 win over Zimbabwe.
As the face of the Indomitable Lionesses, Enganamouit, who is the reigning Caf African Female Player of the Year, is one whose individual brilliance is worthy to note.
Her pace and dribbling skills provide a cutting edge against even the best defenders in the business and her experience and exposure present an aura of confidence in the dressing room ahead of their biggest challenge at this competition.
The Russia-based forward is the ultimate playmaker for the home side with her defence-splitting passes, a worry for any opponent if they are to curb the Cameroonian offence.
Her combination with Enganamouit and Michelle Henriette Akaba is one that will truly ask questions of the Super Falcons defence on Saturday.
Players to watch
The Arsenal Ladies striker is the poster girl of the Nigeria squad having come through the youth ranks. She is pacy, full of tricks and has a keen eye for goal.
She is the tournament’s top scorer so far having netted in each of Nigeria group games. She hauled in four goals against a struggling Mali in the first group game. She will look to add to her tally in the final against Cameroon and lead her country to yet another title.
The striker is in blazing hot form after shaking off her injury worries that saw her sit out the first two games in the tournament. The Evant de Guingamp striker has scored in the last two games against Kenya and South Africa.
She is built like a tank and has great strength which she uses to her advantage. The game against Cameroon will suit her style and she will relish the chance to go against a stubborn Cameroon defence.
Nigeria probable starters v Cameroon
Alaba Jonathan, Desire Oparanozie, Ugo Njoku, Faith Ikidi, Onome Ebi, Osinachi Ohale, Ebere Ngozi, Rita Chikwelu, Ngozi Okobi, Francisca Ordega, Asisat Oshoala,
Goalkeepers: Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa Queens), Ibubeleye Whyte (Rivers Angels), Rita Akarekor (Delta Queens)
Defenders: Osinachi Ohale (Rivers Angels), Ikidi (Pitea IF), Gladys Akpa (Rivers Angels), Onome Ebi (Minsk, Belarus), Ugo Njoku (Rivers Angels), Ebere Ngozi (PSG, France)
Midfielders: Osas Igbinovia (Bayelsa), Rita Chikwelu (Umea, Sweden), Ngozi Okobi (Vittsjo), Halimatu Ayinde (Minsk, Belarus), Glory Iroka (Rivers Angels)
Forwards: Oparanozie (Guingamp, France), Oshoala (Arsenal, England), Chioma Wogu (Rivers Angels), Ordega (Washington Spirit,USA), Uchechi Sunday (Icheon Diakyo, South Korea), Ijeoma Obi (Sunshine Queens), Esther Sunday (Belediyespor, Turkey)
This will be the third time Nigeria and Cameroon are meeting in the finals with Nigeria winning the previous two.
The game will be live on SuperSport. at 4.15pm (CAT) or 3.15pm (WAT). For game time conditions CLICK HERE