The 11th edition of the Total Africa Women’s Cup of Nations had Cameroon and Mali battle for a place to the World Cup. Cameroon book their ticket for the Women’s World Cup in France next year.
At the Cape Coast Stadium recorded high powered football by both teams. As they controlled the game haven started impressively for the first quarter of the match.
15th minute free kick for Mali on the left wing was connected poorly as it hit the human wall, denying an opener for Mali.
Both sides pressed impressively with passes, making surf the shot stoppers ride on to their duties.
All was possession until an attacking throw in to the 18-yard of the Malians which they failed to clear their lines.Urged a left foot tap by Abena Therese in the 31st minute. Putting Cameroon in a 1-0 lead.The goal really had the Malians slow down a bit upfront as only one shot on goal was recorded before the break.
On the stroke of halftime, Fatoumata Diarra reduced the Malians’ deficit with a sublime finish benefiting from a Bassira Toure cross.
Central defender Aurelle Awona put the ball into her own net after failing to clear a cross by substitute Sebe Coulibaly twelve minutes into the second half.
Aboudi climbed off the bench to score to restore Cameroon’s lead in the 62nd minute.
‘Les Aiglons’ nearly broke the hearts of Cameroon but Bassira Toure missed a sitter 15 minutes from full-time.
Mali came very close again but a free-kick on the edge of the box by Salimata Diarra missed the posts by inches.
Seconds away from the final whistle, captain Christine Manie capped off the victory with a stupendous free-kick from a long distance.