Cameroon claimed Africa’s third and final qualification place for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ after earning a 4-2 victory over Mali in the match for third place at the CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2018 on Friday.
It was Cameroon that got out to a two-goal advantage following a pair of goals from Ninon Abena. She gave Les Lionnes the lead just after the half-hour mark before registering her second of the match on 40 minutes.
Undeterred, Mali restored parity in Cape Coast. Fatoumata Diarra halved the deficit just before half-time, than an own goal by Cameroon’s Aurelle Awona drew Les Aiglonnes level on 56 minutes.
That only prompted Cameroon to re-claim the lead, with Gabrielle Onguene striking home the winner on 62 minutes. In second half stoppage time, Christine Manie scored a fourth goal to ensure their ticket for France 2019.
This will be Cameroon’s second straight appearance at a Women’s World Cup, having debuted on this stage at Canada 2015. They join Nigeria and South Africa in claiming Africa’s three qualification spots for next year’s world finals.
On Saturday, Nigeria and South Africa will contest the final of Ghana 2018 in Accra