The final line up for the Cameroonian women’s football team has been announced ahead of their appearance at the London 2012 Olympic Games. They leave Aberdeen for Cardiff tomorrow (Friday 20 July) to begin their Olympic campaign.
The team has been cut down from the 22 footballers attending the Aberdeen-based pre-games training camp (PGTC) to the final 18 who will compete in London 2012. The remaining four will attend in a standby capacity should any of the selected team members become injured.
The final selection has been based on the individual footballers’ performance during the 17-day PGTC which has been coordinated by Aberdeen Sports Village, RGU: SPORT, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland.
Among the deciding factors leading to their selection was their performance during their training schedule and in the friendly matches they took part in while in the North-east, where they secured a 2-0 victory against Northern Ireland on Sunday 8 July and lost 2-0 to Scotland on Sunday 15 July.
Manager Enow Ngachu commented: “It has been very difficult to choose the final team as all members have been playing to a very high standard throughout. That said, we are very happy with the line up and feel we are in a strong position to enter the London 2012 Games.
“It has been very useful to play the friendly matches during our stay and overall we are very pleased with our performance in them. It was unfortunate to lose to Scotland on Sunday but we are using the time we have left to address some of the issues that led to this end result.”
The Cameroonian team will depart for Cardiff on Friday (20 July) to make final preparations for their matches. They are in Group E of the first round, which will see them face off against Brazil on 25 July and Team GB on 28 July, both in the Milennium Stadium. They will conclude the first round with a third match against New Zealand on 31 July at the City of Coventry Stadium.
“We do not consider any single team in our group to be more challenging than the others as all will be strong contenders,” continued Enow. “Above all, our Olympic campaign will be a learning journey and we will focus all our energy on achieving the best result we can. Our objective is to be considered among the best in the world for women’s football.”
Running between 4 and 20 July, the PGTC has provide the African team - including their fellow track and field, swimming, weightlifting and judo teammates - with tailored training programmes designed to prepare them for the vital final stages leading up to their Olympic campaign.
Reflecting upon the PGTC, Enow concluded: “We have found the training camp excellent, and the world-class facilities have helped put us in the best possible shape for our Olympic campaign. We would like to say a huge thank you to the camp’s organisers and the people of Scotland for their support and for making us feel so welcome.”
David Beattie, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Sports Village said: “We have hugely enjoyed hosting the Cameroonian team. It was a privilege and we hope the camp acts as the catalyst for building long-term sporting links between Aberdeen and Cameroon.”
Filippo Antoniazzi, Director of Sport at Robert Gordon University added: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for the North-east to demonstrate that it has the facilities and people to help elite sportspeople succeed. We look forward to following the Cameroonian team’s progress – they have left behind a strong Scottish fan base!”
High resolution images of the Cameroonian women’s football team are available on request from the RGU Communications Office.
Notes to editors
The final line up for the Cameroon women’s football team is:
- Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene
- Josephine Bella Francoise
- Adiane Bebey Beyene
- Augustine Sylvie Edjangue Siliki
- Gaelle Deborah Enganamouit
- Raissa Reudjio Tchuanyo
- Adrienne Natacha Iven Mihamle
- Yvonne Leuko Chibosso
- Christine Patience Mani
- Bibi Balbine Laure Medoua
- Claudine Falone Meffometou Tcheno
- Drussille Ajara Nchout Njoya
- Annette Flore Ngo Ndom
- Jeannette Ngock Yango
- Madeleine Michele Ngono Mani
- Ysis Ameriele Sonkeng
- Reine Elisabeth Sosso Ekame
- Francine Estelle Zouga Edoa
- The Cameroonian Olympians represent five sporting disciplines including football, track and field athletes (hosted by ASV); plus swimming, weightlifting and judo (hosted by RGU: SPORT). The team were accompanied by over 20 trainers, physiotherapists and managers.
The bid to host the Cameroonian PGTC was successfully secured in partnership between:
- Aberdeen Sports Village - www.aberdeensportsvillage.com
- RGU: SPORT - www.rgu.ac.uk/rgusport
- Aberdeen City Council - www.aberdeencity.gov.uk
- Sportscotland - www.sportscotland.org.uk
- Aberdeen Sports Village is the premier sporting facility in the North East. The facility is a joint venture of the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland and was officially opened in 2009. It offers an array of first-class facilities and opportunities to sport and exercise enthusiasts and athletes from the local and wider area and comprises of a multi-use sports hall, two large studios, an indoor 3G football pitch, 4 squash courts, a state-of-the-art gym, indoor and outdoor IAAF approved athletics areas, an outdoor football pitch, a dedicated seminar room, and a café.
- RGU: SPORT is Robert Gordon University’s £11 million state-of-the-art sports facility which features a 25m swimming pool, three gyms, a climbing wall and bouldering room, café bar, three exercise studios and a vast sports hall. The facility was established in 2005 to improve the sporting infrastructure available for the region and to act as a social hub for the university’s Garthdee campus.
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