We need to respect Zambia – Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout

We need to respect Zambia – Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout
Ajara Nchout of Cameroon celebrates a goal

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Mar 04, 2020. 14:00

Cameroon striker Ajara Nchout has warned her team not to underestimate Zambia as they chase a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Indomitable Lionesses will host the She-polopolo in Yaounde on Thursday 5 March in the first game of a two-legged tie, with the return clash set for Lusaka on 10 March.

The winner will book a place in the women’s tournament at the upcoming Olympics, while the loser will have a second chance in an intercontinental playoff against Chile.

“The girls are on a real high at the moment,” Nchout told FIFA’s official website.

“We’ve worked hard to get here and we’re on the brink of qualifying.”

Cameroon have appeared once at the Olympics before (2012) and boast a far superior ranking (49 compared to Zambia’s 106), making them the clear favourites for the tie.

However, Nchout believes they should not underestimate their opponents: “Zambia have come this far because they’re a good side, and we need to respect them. If our concentration is lacking, then they could surprise us.”

The striker adds that the more seasoned Indomitable Lionesses are confident in their own abilities.

“It was my first time at a major event, one I’d only ever seen on TV,” she recalled of the 2012 Games in London.

“My teammates and I were dreaming of emulating the Indomitable Lions, who won gold at Sydney 2000. We were just kids, though. We’ve got a lot more experience under our belts now.”

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