As usual, the Cameroonian public responded to the match between the Indomitable Lionesses and the Copper Queens of Zambia last Thursday at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde.
The first leg counting for the last round Qualifiers of the Olympic Games was marked by the presence of more than 20,000 supporters in the stands, however at an early hour.
With the objective of encouraging the Lionesses in the arduous task which represents the fact of disputing a final of a competition, the 12th player held his bet; as Alain Djeumfa’s fillies have found their way to victory at the end of the suspense.
Wearing the familiar green, red and yellow colors for the most part, the public of the different cities of the country (Douala, Bertoua, N’Gaoundéré, Maroua, Garoua, Bamenda, Buea, Ebolowa and Bafoussam) joined those of Yaounde to constitute a single block in Mfandena.
Screamings, songs, dancing to the rhythm of the brass band experienced peaks of intensity in spurts in order to boost the lionesses to victory. Led to the score, the Lionesses needed this precious 12th ardent, exultant and confident player who did the job.
The explosions of joy did not fail to celebrate the goals of the home team while those of the visitors were greeted with amazement … but never for long. The scenes of jubilation continued until the final whistle with the appearance on the field of some supporters quickly mastered, but who pushed the players to return to the locker room earlier than expected.
There will therefore be no small end-of-match parade after this success in the pain of Djeumfa’s Lionesses, the fault of an audience too much in love with their team. The next stage being contested in Lusaka, Zambia, it will be around the Zambian public to reap the benefits, unless the meeting is scheduled behind closed doors.
Cameroon will have to win their ticket on Zambian soil on Tuesday, March 10, to hope for a second participation in the Olympic Games after those of 2012 in London.