Njoya: Olympic Games is every player’s dream

Cameroon takes on Zambia in their first leg of the ultimate round of the 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers on Thursday in Yaounde. A mouth watering clash is expected when Les Lionnes take on the Copper Queens in the race for the automatic slot to Tokyo 2020.

Cameroonian poster girl Ajara Njoya does not hide her excitement as well as exercising caution as they prepare to face the Zambians in the first leg clash.

Njoya believes Zambia will not be an easy opponent and is wary of their threat especially looking at their path to the final hurdle having beaten Kenya’s Harambee Starlets at the previous rounds.

We will go into the tie with all our arsenal and we know what to expect especially after seeing Zambias path to this round where they have eliminated some of the best teams in the continent. This is a team that cannot be taken lightly

The Olympic Games is a prestigious competition and it is only the best who participate. It is the dream of any sportsman to be part of this beautiful competition Njoya voted as Africas second best womens footballer for 2019 told CAFOnline.com.

Les Lionnes are seeking a second qualification to the Olympic Games having made their debut at the London Games in 2012. With a quality workforce that has experienced players like Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene Michelle Henriette Akaba and Falonne Meffometou the Cameroonians are looking at making their dreams true.

Playing the first leg at home Alain Djeumfa’s girls will be looking to benefit from the home crowd advantage and they hope the fans who are already mobilizing to attend the match will give them the support and backing at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde.

Cameroon who felled Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire to reach the final lap will be looking to take the journey all the way to a happy ending.

There is pressure as this is a decisive match. It is like playing a final but will still remain it is a match like any other. We will give it everything on the field. Zambia is much more about team spirit and we will have to be wary of everyone Njoya says looking forward to the tie.

The Cameroonian superstar has been turning out for Norwegian top tier side Valeranga FD since 2018 but has managed to get a release from her club to be part of Cameroons dream for a place in Tokyo.

Currently we are in the preparation phase ahead of the league which begins on 21 March but we are playing our first match on 23 March. It is very intense at work. We will have to be ready for this season because it will be a long one with the UEFA Women’s Champions League also coming up Njoya remarked on her club fortunes in Europe.

However her immediate attention will be on helping Cameroon get their place back on top of the Queens table of African football.

Les Lionnes have played second fiddle to Nigeria over the years and with the latter having been eliminated Njoya sees this as a clearer path for her side to make it to Tokyo.

Will this new year bring Cameroon the dream they have held on to their hearts for long? If there are any doubts then the forward is clear on their ambition.

The objective for this year is to qualify for the Olympic Games post a good performance and then try win the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations the confident Njoya stated.

Fixtures

05.03.2020 Yaounde Cameroon vs Zambia

10.03.2020 Lusaka Zambia vs Cameroon

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)

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