The Super Falcons booked a place in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand when they qualified for the CAF Women’s Nations Cup holding in Morocco.
All four teams in the last four – the others being Morocco, South Africa and Zambia – will fly the continent’s flag in the World Cup finals, while the losers of the quarterfinals will have another chance with two of them emerging through a knockout to qualify for intercontinental playoffs. Four more teams will qualify for the finals from this route eventually.
Rasheedat Ajibade scored the only goal in the 56th minute to kick Cameroon out of the way.
Nigeria have now won nine of 10 meetings with the Cameroonian Lionness at the tournament.
Nigeria started the better after Coach Randy Waldrum restored Ashleigh Plumptre to the starting lineup at left back while Francisca Order came in to join Ajibade and Ifeoma Onumonu in the front three.
The Super Falcons became the 15th team to qualify for the World Cup finals.
Hosts Australia (with five venues) and New Zealand (four venues), as well as China, Korea Republic, Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, United States of America, Morocco and Zambia are the other teams.
Nigeria is one of only six teams, among them USA, Germany, Brazil and Japan, to have played in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals since the championship was launched in China in 1991.