Poor funding bane of African women football, says Cameroun’s coach
Being a champion in a competition as fiercely contested as the Women World Cup requires careful planning, which can only be done with adequate funding.
That is what the African teams have lacked since the continent started playing women football and it explains why no team from the continent is still in the on-going Women World Cup here in Canada.
Cameroun was the furthest participant from Africa in Canada, but they fell to China in the second round in the early hours of Sunday. Cameroun, according to Ngachu, would have done better if the team had adequate preparation for Canada.
“It’s a bad day for the Cameroun. We came up against a very good team,” he said after the game in Edmonton.
“We need to develop women’s football in Africa. We need good organisation, we also need to create as many clubs as possible. If we could have sponsorship it would be good.
“We have the talented players. The problem African nations face is preparation. The day we are prepared well an African nation will be able to win the World Cup.
“We hope that with this performance many things will change not just in Cameroun but in Africa.”
Hew also m blamed the weather for his country’s defeat by China, saying, “we didn’t expect cold weather and rain, it was a handicap for our team.
“It’s unfortunate we haven’t been training on surfaces that are very slippery.”
Nigeria, who have won nine of the 11 African championships so far, have competed in every World Cup since 1991 but only advanced once out of the group stage.
Despite Nigeria’s Super Falcons impressing in a 3-3 draw against Sweden, they fell to Australia 2-0 and the United States 1-0.
Cote d’Ivoire were thrashed 10-0 by Germany on their World Cup debut, but suffered a narrow 3-2 loss to Thailand before falling 3-1 to Norway in the final group match on Monday.
Ngachu’s comments echoed those made by Ivoirian coach, Clementine Toure after their exit.
“We wanted to do well in important matches like the one against Germany,” Toure said after their defeat to Norway.
“We arrived 72 hours before the game, and were very tired from a long journey of 15 hours and with jet lag.
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