Madeleine Ngono scored the only goal of the game as Cameroon join Nigeria as winners of the women’s event, which has been contested three times since 2003. Nigeria won the first two staged in Abuja in 2003 and Algiers in 2007.
The game was pedestrian in the first period, with both sides testing each other out in typical ‘Finals’ fashion with neither Annette Ngo Ndom or her Ghanaian counterpart Patricia Mantey being called on the make any significant saves.
In fact the only real talking point of the first half came when Josephine Bella of Cameroon and Cynthia Adobea of Ghana clashed heads in an aerial encounter. Both went down heavily and referee Fadouma Dia of Senegal was quick to call on the medical staff.
They spent five minutes on the sidelines, before miraculously re-entering the fray, sporting heavy bandages for headgear.
Both teams were guilty of playing the ball more than the man and the rest of the half deteriorated into a stop-start-affair as players went down continuously under challenges.
Ghana shaved the possession, making use of the brisk wind to keep the ball in Cameroon’s territory. But the half ended with Bella hitting post from a long-range effort, a taste of things to come in the second period
Cameroon used the windy conditions to keep the pressure on Ghana at the start of the second period and deservedly took the lead in the 56th minute when Ngono timed her run to perfection to head home an inch-perfect cross by Gabrielle Aboudi.
Mercy Myles and Elizabeth Cudjoe, so effective for Ghana against Algeria in the semi-final, were marked out of the game by the Cameroon midfield and they rarely made it into Cameroon’s half for the remainder of the match.
The only surprise was Cameroon did not extend their lead and had to endure a few anxious moments in the final five minutes as Ghana threw bodies forward in search of an equalizer. It never came as the final whistle brought shouts of joy from the Cameroon players as they celebrated their gold medal performance.
Cameroon: Ngo Ndom, Manie, Meffometou, Aboudi, Ngono (Ngaska 90+2), Beyene (Mihamle 75’), Medoua, Bella, Sonkeng, Enganamouit (Zouga 68’), Feudjio
Ghana: Mantey, Addai, Egyir, Ampem, Asare, Ibrahim (Addo 70’), Kobblah, Myles, Cudjoe, Adobea, Boakye
13 Sept Cameroon 2 South Africa 0 Maxaquene
14 Sept Ghana 3 Algeria 0 Maxaquene
16 Sept South Africa 0 Algeria 3 Maxaquene
17 Sept Cameroon 1 Ghana 0 National Stadium