By Emmanuel Okogba

Rasheedat Ajibade scored the only goal of the quarter-final clash between Nigeria and Cameroon to send the Super Falcons through to the semi-finals of the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, WAFCON, and a record ninth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance on Thursday.

With the winner guaranteed a spot at Australia and New Zealand next year, both teams were cautious not to concede first and unsuccessful in trying to break the opposition’s defence until Ngozi Okobi’s remarkable solo run ended in a pass to Ifeoma Onumonu who crossed for Ajibade to head home.

Although the Cameroonians pushed for an equalizer, resolute defending from Nigeria denied them thier bid to drag the game into extra time.

The qualification means Nigeria is among the club of seven countries who have made it to every FIFA Women’s World Cup since its inception in 1991 – although the team’s performance at these finals have not been impressive.

Having sealed World Cup qualification, Randy Waldrum and his girls will now turn their attention to maintaining their dominance on the continent by winning a record 10th WAFCON. But first, they must negotiate their way past host Morocco next Monday.

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