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FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
It was a case of third time lucky for Cameroon in FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup qualifying, as they made it to Jordan 2016 after two unsuccessful campaigns. However, the tournament proved a baptism of fire, with the Lioness Cubs losing all three of their games and therefore having to pack their bags after the group stage. That said, the debutantes acquitted themselves impressively, particularly in the 3-2 and 2-0 defeats by Canada and Germany respectively.

The road to Uruguay
Following two dazzling displays of power and pace against Algeria, whom they routed 4-0 in Algiers and 7-0 in Yaounde, it was Cameroon's composure that got the job done against Nigeria. After the first leg finished 2-2, the Lioness Cubs kept their nerve on home turf to hold the continental giants – hitherto a fixture at the U-17 Women's World Cup – to a 1-1 draw in the decider, booking their ticket to the global extravaganza on away goals. Marie Ngah was their star player along the way, finding the net five times in four matches.

The coach
Stephane Ndzana took over from Minkreo Birwe following Cameroon's Jordan 2016 exit. After a spell during which he combined national team duties with the hotseat at the club Panthere du Nde, he subsequently focused his attentions on the battle to reach Uruguay 2018. His squad contains a fine blend of experience and individual talent, which he harnessed to good effect by championing the importance of discipline and challenging his charges to push themselves to the limit.

The stat
7 - Seven of Cameroon's starters in the decisive return leg against Nigeria were present at Jordan 2016: Alice Flora Kameni, Claudia Dabda, Elam Ekosso Natacha, Michelle Moumazim, Marie Ngah, Moussa Zouwairatou and Viviane Mefire.