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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