Lioness coach, Joseph Brian has declared that playing for the country will serve as enough motivation for his girls when they confront Nigeria’s Super Falcons in Tuesday’s semi final clash at the ongoing 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana.
The coach said they are determined to get their pound of flesh against the reigning champions whom they lost to in the final of the 2014 and 2016 editions.
“Nigeria has won the title eight times and that makes them a force to be reckoned with. Things could change one day and we won’t allow our problems with bonuses to affect us. Our motivation as good citizens is to do our job and not wait for the government,” said the coach who is eyeing revenge against the defending champions.
Recalled in 2016 Cameroon were denied the opportunity of lifting the trophy before their home crowd two years ago for the first time in the final following their 1-0 loss.
“We are out for revenge. In 2014 and 2016 we weren’t good enough. Everyone knows Nigeria have beaten us a lot over the years, but we are prepared for them now,” Brian said during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday at the Accra Sports Stadium.
“We are focused on what we want to achieve that’s why we are here. We have been playing in Accra but in terms of our preparation we don’t change anything because it’s Nigeria.
“I wasn’t the coach when we lost the final in 2016 but I was in Cameroon. Now we have players who understand the game, who’ve learnt a lot. “We’ll make sure that we correct the past mistakes going into this battle to make sure that we do something extraordinary.”
The winner of today’s clash scheduled for the Accra Sports Stadium is guaranteed a place at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.