Cameroon became just the second African team to make it through the group stages in the competition, when they came from behind to beat Switzerland 2-1 on Tuesday.
Now the last 16 clash with a place in the quarterfinal is up for grabs with the Chinese at the Commonwealth Stadium, in Edmonton, awaits.
The performance of Cameroon in the tournament included a 6-0 demolishment of Ecuador in their opening match, had elevated the team to comparisons with the men’s side which famously beat Argentina in the 1990 World Cup.
Cameroon coach Enow Ngachu said the victory of his side was a memorable moment for African football.
“We are excited and very happy for this victory to take us through to the second round. Every game has lessons. This performance will have a positive impact for women’s football in Cameroon. We were not just defending the colours of Cameroon, but also of Africa,” said Ngachu.
The African representatives also put in a commendable performance against defending champions Japan on Friday last week, going down 2-1.
On that occasion, Ngachu was similarly satisfied with the efforts of his troops.
“We’ve played against the reigning world champions and we’ve learned a lot,” said Ngachu.
“We’re going away satisfied, even if we could have equalised right at the end. We reorganised after they went 2-0 up and that gave us a little bit of stability.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t pick up a point because it would have been useful, though I’m happy with our performance because we’ve shown what we’re capable of, especially after the break.
“It would be fantastic for our country to reach the last 16 and we’ll be giving our all to make that happen, though the match we’ve got coming up against Switzerland will be very tough.”
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