Interviewed by Kila Jisi
Meeting Nigeria in the opening match in Bata on October 29, the Coach says the African Women Championship is going to be a tough. However, Enow Ngatchu is optimistic; his objective is to move out of the group stage before he can think of lifting the cup. The Lionesses have played two friendly matches and drew all, a virgin game with the Democratic Republic of Congo and 1-1 with South Africa. Ahead of the tournament, the coach sizes the Lionesses preparedness for the tournament and the chances of lifting the trophy. Enow Ngatchu spoke in an exclusive interview to lions4life.com.
How prepare are you for the African Women Champions?
We are still preparing, this is our second game. After the game we shall try to see what went well or wrong, and rectify before we leave for Equatorial Guinea. However, we started our preparations a long time ago and everything is moving on well. We got some new young girls and this is going to be an advantage for us. It is going to be difficult for us because we are playing with countries like Nigeria, the seven times title holders. We are going there to do try and do better than what we did in 2012 during the Nations Cup in South Africa, that is reaching the at least the finals. Everything is possible, we have the girls and we are quite optimistic.
But, don’t you regret the professionals in Europe whose clubs refused to release them?
It is true, but we can’t do otherwise because their various clubs refused to liberate them. We are working with those present and we have given them our confidence. This is a chance for them to proof that we can also count on local based players. I hope they will try by all means not to disappoint Cameroonians and us because we have given them all t confidence.
What are the chances of Cameroon winning the Women Championship?
We must first come out of the group stage which is going to be very difficult, we shall play with teams like Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia. Our main objective is to come out of the group stage and if we are among the two, then we come up with another strategy that is when we shall know who our opponents are. However, our chances are intact, especially because we have gained a lot of experience from the London Olympic Games.
Apart from Nigerian, how well do you know the other opponents, Ivory Coast, and Ethiopia?
I don’t know Ivory Coast and Ethiopia, I watch them on the internet, they have been playing friendly games also and I think it is going to be tough. We have to concentrate from the first to the last day of the competition so that we can meet our objectives.