Cameroon Qualify For AFCON Quarter Finals With Narrow Win Over 10-Man Comoros

By Daily Sports on January 24, 2022

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Cameroon narrowly beat 10-man Comoros in the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations, despite playing against a side with an outfield player in goal.

Goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar gave the Indomitable Lions a 2-1 win after Nadjim Abdou's early red.

But Comoros will take the headlines after giving the hosts a massive scare.

Youssouf M'Changama scored a stunning free-kick and Chaker Alhadhur, normally a left-back, produced a brilliant performance as stand-in goalkeeper.

Cameroon progress to face The Gambia in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Stand-in keeper Alhadhur, who plays in the French second tier for Ajaccio, had an evening to remember and did not seem out of place in goal, at one point charging out to the edge of his area to head clear.

Early in the second half he made a strong save from Aboubakar's header and then a quickfire double stop to keep out Aboubakar's low shot and Ngamaleu's follow-up.

His efforts brought broad smiles to the faces of his team mates and he was congratulated at full-time by his opposite number Andre Onana.

Onana himself had much more to do than he should have done, given the 82-place difference between the sides in the rankings and the dismissal of Abdou.

He made a number of important stops to maintain his side's lead but there was nothing whatsoever he could do about M'Changama's wonder strike, which will be a contender for goal of the tournament.

Comoros won a free-kick over 35 yards out with 10 minutes to go and M'Changama stepped up a struck a beautiful ball into the top left-hand corner, which was no more than the islanders deserved for their committed display. (BBC)

•PHOTO:Cameroon

Source Daily Sports

Posted January 24, 2022


 

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