Cameroun first team to reach semi-finals

Author: Kweku Zurek & Beatrice Laryea
The Indomitable have won their first two matches to reach the last four

The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroun became the first side to qualify for the semi-finals of of the Total Women's Africa Cup of Nations after they thrashed their Algerian counterparts 3-0 in their second Group A game played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The win was secured through goals by the skillful Gabrielle Onguene, Gaelle Enganamouit and Ajara Nchout in the 13th, 54th and 60th minutes of the game respectively.

The triumvirate comprised the front three in Cameroun's 4-3-3 setup and looked like scoring every time they raised the Algerian goal area.

Both teams delighted the few spectators with possession football in the first half but Cameroun dominated the early exchanges.

For all their dominance, Cameroun's first goal had a touch of fortune about it. Onguene chased down a poorly hit back pass and raced toward the Algerian goal, her initial shot at goal ricocheted off goalie Tahina Takenint and the rebound bounced off the striker's shin before entering the net.

Cameroun's Ngo Mbeleck passes the ball away from her Algerian marker

Cameroun made the scoreline more definite in the second half as the Algerian resistance withered in the face of pace, power and trickery from the Central Africans.

Blonde haired Enganamouit doubled their advantage in the 54th minute with Nchout turning provider after bamboozling her marker and playing a pass for her teammate to slot home.

The third goal was an individual effort by Nchout. She stole the ball from an Algerian defender who tried holding her back but the Camerounian raced through before finishing expertly

The result propelled Cameroun to the summit of Group A log with six points ahead of hosts Ghana and Mali who are both tied on three points with Algeria last with no point after two games.

Cameroun coach, Ndoko Joseph Brilliant, who withdrew his front three after the third goal, said he could not give the assurance that he would rest any players for their final Group A match against hosts Ghana.

According to him, every player in his squad of 21 was capable of starting against Ghana.

He said he withdrew the trio because they were tired after making a lot of runs at the Algerian defence.