Hope Powell worried by Cameroon's pace and power

GB women's coach says 'off the cuff' opponents will prove a handful in Cardiff this evening

Hope Powell, the Great Britain women's coach, has warned of the speed and aggression of Cameroon ahead of her side's second match tonight in Cardiff, in which they will seek to build on the uplift in awareness created by their victory over New Zealand in the opening event of the Olympics.

"They are very aggressive, very quick, very direct," Powell said of women's football's 50th-ranked nation. "They have pace in every department, which we will have to contend with. They play somewhat off the cuff; they have a very unorthodox style. They rely heavily on pace, they're very powerful, very physical, so again we'll have to be at the races from the time the whistle blows to the very end. It will not be an easy encounter.

"If we win the game, we're on six points and it puts us in a very strong position. New Zealand play Brazil and they have to get something out of that game. It's still all to play for but our focus is to try to win the game."

Powell's players, who beat New Zealand 1-0 in Cardiff on Wednesday, are unaccustomed to publicity. Goalkeeper Rachel Brown, of Everton, found the first of her three FA Cup finals televised by UK Living and, although the women's game has moved on, it needs the boost of a successful campaign far more than Stuart Pearce's men's side. Powell knows the toughest challenge – Brazil, featuring their playmaker Marta, who have already beaten the Cameroon 5-0 – lies ahead. But she has allowed her players to savour the publicity attached to Steph Houghton's winning goal: "We laid out all the papers for the girls. I think [the coverage] is unprecedented. We've never experienced anything like that before – front page, back page, middle page, as the Americans say, it's awesome."

Brown said that Cameroon, whom the British players have not faced before tonight's game, are an unknown quantity but their record within Africa – runners-up in the continent's women's championship in 2002 and fourth in the subsequent three tournaments – underlines Powell's concerns.

The midfielder Anita Asante said the profile of the first match, being the Olympics' first action, carried pressure; the 27-year-old Gothenburg player literally kicked off the Games. "We were aware of all the outside factors and we found strategies to try and block that out and focus on the team and what we wanted to do," she explained.

"We were able to settle as the game progressed. It was good to get the first game out of the way and win the three points. We still have to push forward game by game. Our aim is to get out of the group. We have to focus on what we do and we're really confident in our strategy.

"After [my first kick] happened I thought, 'Wow, I'm here'. I didn't do anything elaborate, I just rolled the ball forward. It's only after the event that you can really recognise how that feels and what that means."

Group E. Kick-off 5.15pm, Millennium Stadium (BBCi). Referee Hong Eun Ah (S Kor). Odds: Great Britain 1-5 Draw 5-1 Cameroon 14-1

Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy as ECB finally wield the axe
Arts and Entertainment
a clockwork orange, stanley kubrick
news... you won't believe how bad their skills were
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas