Cameroon beat Mali to win AWCON bronze, seal World Cup spot


Cameroon have beaten Mali to finish as third at the ongoing Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana on Friday evening.

The Indomitable Lionesses, who were defeated 4-2 on penalties by the Super Falcons of Nigeria in the semifinals, came out on top in the third place match with a 4-2 win over their Malian counterparts.

Ninon Abena set the Central Africans on a cruise with two goals, before Fatoumata Diarra reduced the deficit four minutes before the break.

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Goalkeeper Aurelle Awona conceded an own goal in the 57th minute as both teams levelled, but the Lionesses with two more goals from Gabrielle Onguene and Christine Manie in the 62nd and 92nd minutes respectively won the day.

The victory in Accra also meant they have qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup billed to hold in France.

Finalists, the Super Falcons of Nigeria and Banyana Banyana of South Africa are the other teams that will represent the continent at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

The final of the AWCON between Nigeria and South Africa will take place in Accra on Saturday.


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