Super Falcons Cameroon diary, Day 10: How to celebrate women footballers

With Nick Cavell of the BBC
By Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam

Another beautiful day in Buea, Cameroon as I looked forward to Nigeria versus Kenya at the Limbe Ominisport Stadium by 7pm.

It's actually insane to think that Kenya would beat the defending champions as I already stated that in an article I wrote for Ladies March yesterday. But football holds lots of surprises and that is one of its endearing attributes.

I did a lot of voice editing this morning and also wrote an article. In between, I had gone to get something in the sitting room and stumbled upon a TV Sports show with a small audience.

As I sat to watch, Carine pointed out that the man sporting jersey number 18, who was at the time responding to questions from the show anchor, is Michelle Akaba's husband, with whom she had the seven year old girl that was standing beside him.

It was a French show, so Carine was of great help.

Only yesterday, Akaba scored the brace that ensured Cameroon defeated Zimbabwe 2-0, and finish the group stage of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations with a hundred percent record.

And here we were already watching her family on national television, CRTV to be precise.

Akaba's daughter who was a 'ball girl' at the same match, recalled how her friends fell over her in celebration like she was the goal scorer.

When the anchor linked up with a correspondent, who was standing by, in one of the Fan zones of the tournament in Yaounde, we could see the drawing of Aboudi Onguene and Gaelle Enganamouit on the wall that served as her background.

It is amazing how TV and radio stations are going with the flow of the ongoing tournament and even talk about it on their entertainment shows.

I helped Faith in the kitchen afterwards. She had gone to the market at Mile 16 to buy food stuff for rice and stew.

After we ate, by 4pm, we were all ready for the stadium. The bus arrived at Mile 17 at about 4:30.

Soon after we arrived at the stadium, Kenya's convoy came in, with Nigeria's convoy following closely. The Kenyans quietly alighted from their bus and walked in but the Super Falcons in our Nigerian way, got down and started singing and clapping towards their dressing room. It was unique. A moment almost everyone around wanted to capture.

Match time. Nigeria fired in two quick goals in the first ten minutes and the thought was would they score more that the six they got against Mali, but Kenya soon settled into the game and the Super Falcons went into the break with the 2-0 lead.

They added two more goals in the second half and will next face South Africa on Tuesday, in the semi-finals.

Julia, our Kenyan friend and colleague, sat beside me at the media tribune. She and Sam had made an agreement that Nigeria will score just two, because she already knew her Harambee Starlets would lose.

Before the match started, Nick Cavell of the BBC had joked if he could come sit between us (Julia and I) since were opponents today.

After the match, I gave Janine my recorder to help me get audio from the press conference while I published the match report I had written. When I came down, I went straight to the mixed zone to see if I could get any interview from Ordega or Oparanozie.

But I could not. The players did not come out until after we had left that area, because our bus to Buea was about leaving. Meanwhile Kenyan players had already entered their bus.
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  1. Chibuogwu,

    Keep up your work with the daily diary. It gives the reader the other side (off-field) view of the tournament. It is really interesting and exciting. I wish you the best.