AWCON; President Biya Hosts The Lionesses At Unity Palace
Cameroon Pesident His Excellency Paul Biya and First Lady Chantal Biya Thursday, December 8, 2016 hosted 2016 AWCON runners-up the Lionesses at Unity Palace, Yaounde to congratulate them.
The Head of State lauded their performance, which “brought honour to Cameroon.”
“Cameroonians are proud of you,” Biya remarked, noting that they courageously defended the colours of the nation throughout the tournament and are now considered role models to Cameroonian youths.
The Lionesses were edged 1-0 by the Super Falcons of Nigeria who grabbed a record 9th title in a hotly contested final played before a fully packed Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Younde Saturday, December 3, 2016, but despite the loss, the Cameroonian ladies gave a good account of themselves, and were a crowd puller each time they took to the field.
Biya, one of the longest serving African presidents, praised coach Enow Ngachu, whose expertise transformed the team into a den of “veritable Indomitable Lionesses.”
He also appreciated the organizing committee for a splendid job – hosting a successful a tournament – promising a repeat when the country hosts the men’s competition in 2019.
Meanwhile Africa’s representative at the FIFA Club World Cup Mamelodi Sundowns are getting set to play their first match on Sunday 11 December 2016 against Japanese outfit Kashima Antlers.
The South Africans are participating at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan with the desire to replicate their success in the CAF Champions League.
Kashima defeated Auckland City at the International Stadium Yokohama to set up a meeting with the African Champions.
And Sundowns returned to training today after calling off their first session citing player fatigue as a result 22 hour flight from Johannesburg to Osaka.
According to the club’s official website, The Brazilians could not train upon arrival as the jetlag had taken it’s toll on the players.