Quotes: Cameroon-Ecuador

Enow Ngachu, Cameroon coach We scored six goals in our first-ever Women’s World Cup match – it couldn’t really have gone any better. We’re quite happy, because we’ve made history today. In our next match against Japan, things will be very different, because they’re the best team in the world. When we heard that our first game would be played on 8 June, we were pleased, because that was the date of our men’s team’s famous win over Argentina in the opening match of the 1990 World Cup. And so we’ve ended up beating Ecuador on the same day. We’re here to learn, and we want to make Africa proud.

Vanessa Arauz, Ecuador coach We did well at the start, but once we went behind, we lost our focus a bit, and Cameroon capitalised on that. We knew that they had really pacey players. In Ecuador, women’s players are almost all completely amateur, although women’s teams have been around for a long time. We are still developing gradually, and we hope that more football academies will be established in the future. The idea is to create professionals who can not only play for us, but also play abroad.