Cameroon beats Mali to qualify for Women’s World Cup
CAPE COAST, Ghana (AP) — Cameroon became the third and final African team to qualify for next year’s Women’s World Cup by beating Mali 4-2 on Friday in the third-place game at the African Cup of Nations.
Nigeria has won 10 of the 12 African Cups played and is seeking a third title in a row in Ghana. South Africa has lost four finals and never won the tournament, but did beat Nigeria in the group stage this year.
In the third-place game, a brace of goals by midfielder Ninon Abena gave Cameroon a 2-0 lead over Mali. Fatoumata Diarra hit back for Mali and an own goal by Cameroon defender Aurelle Awona made it 2-2 in the 56th minute.
Substitute Aboudi Onguene put Cameroon ahead again six minutes later and captain Christine Manie sealed victory in injury time with a long-range free kick.
Cameroon will be making just its second appearance at the Women’s World Cup, Nigeria its eighth, and South Africa will be making its debut.