The sum of FCfA 5million is motivation for the Lionesses’ as they prepare for the African Women Championship to do what they know best, chase victory. The money would be shared among the staff and the squad that qualified the team for Namibia 2014.
Prof. Joseph Owona handed the money during a terse but symbolic ceremony at the CAF Technical Centre where the squad is training ahead of the African women football jamboree billed from 11-25 October 2014.
On the occasion, Owona reiterated consideration for the women national team as he reminded the staff and players that they are a national team like the others and warrant the same encouragement and favours.
Saying the team is on a long road to the African Women Championship, the Women’s World Cup in Canada and the 2016 African Women Championship to be hosted by Cameroon, he exhorted the squad to do what they know how to do best, like the Lioness, chase victory.
Appreciating the touching gesture, Lionesses’ captain Gabriel Aboudi Onguene hailed the amelioration of the treatment which the national women’s team is presently enjoying with the Federation, the government and the media behind them.
On behalf of the group, she said, “We know why we are here; we are going to defend the national colours in Namibia and promise to qualify the team for the Canada 2015”.
Head Coach Carl Enow Ngachu, appreciating the gesture, maintained that the singular act is motivation for the squad that should know that things are taken seriously.
He said the CAF centre is an ideal environment where every coach dreams of, to prepare his team in the best of conditions. The camp ends tomorrow with the last billed form 18 September.