Cameroon overcome plucky Comoros to advance at Cup of Nations

25/1/2022 3:38:00 AM

Cameroon overcome plucky Comoros to advance at Cup of Nations

Cameroon overcome plucky Comoros to advance at Cup of Nations

YAOUNDE : Hosts Cameroon made heavy work of beating 10-man Comoros Islands 2-1 on Monday to advance to the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals at the expense of a team who had everything stacked against them in the last 16.Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar scored the home team's goals at the Olembe

YAOUNDE : Hosts Cameroon made heavy work of beating 10-man Comoros Islands 2-1 on Monday to advance to the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals at the expense of a team who had everything stacked against them in the last 16.Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar scored the home team's goals at the Olembe Stadium to eliminate the debutants, who were forced to use a full back in goal and had their captain sent off after six minutes.

But Comoros still put up a gallant fight and, despite the considerable disadvantage, pulled a goal back from Youssouf M'Changama with nine minutes remaining to depart the tournament with their reputations considerably enhanced.Cameroon meet upstarts Gambia in the last eight in Douala on Saturday after they upset Guinea 1-0 in Bafoussam earlier on Monday.

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LinkedIn YAOUNDE : Hosts Cameroon made heavy work of beating 10-man Comoros Islands 2-1 on Monday to advance to the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals at the expense of a team who had everything stacked against them in the last 16.LinkedIn YAOUNDE : Comoros Islands were forced to field a fullback in goal for Monday’s Africa Cup of Nations last-16 tie against hosts Cameroon in Yaounde after being refused permission to use goalkeeper Ali Ahamada, despite him returning a negative COVID-19 test result.LinkedIn YAOUNDE: Hosts Cameroon are through to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations but only after labouring to a 2-1 win over a Comoros side who were forced to start an outfield player in goal and played most of the game with 10 men.LinkedIn YAOUNDE : At least six fans died in a stampede at the Yaounde Olembe Stadium in Cameroon on Monday before the host nation's round of 16 game in the African Cup of Nations against Comoros, the Central African nation's national broadcaster reported.

Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar scored the home team's goals at the Olembe Stadium to eliminate the debutants, who were forced to use a full back in goal and had their captain sent off after six minutes. But Comoros still put up a gallant fight and, despite the considerable disadvantage, pulled a goal back from Youssouf M'Changama with nine minutes remaining to depart the tournament with their reputations considerably enhanced. All three goalkeepers for the small island nation had been ruled out of the match on the eve of the tie –- one through injury and two after testing COVID-19 positive last week. Cameroon meet upstarts Gambia in the last eight in Douala on Saturday after they upset Guinea 1-0 in Bafoussam earlier on Monday. Despite that it was a heroic performance from the Comoros, who kept the tie alive until the end thanks to Youssouf M'Changama's stunning late free-kick. Ravaged by COVID-19 infections, Comoros had no goalkeeper available for the game, bringing left back Chaker Alhadhur into service, plus had to do without coach Amir Abdou, who is also in quarantine. But his participation was later ruled out by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), whose medical commission said any player who had been in quarantine would have to wait five days before being allowed to return to play. The situation worsened considerably six minutes into the game when captain Nadjim Abdou was dismissed for a lunging tackle that caught Nicolas Moumi on the Achilles tendon. We are in constant communication with Cameroon government and the Local Organizing Committee," it said.

The red card, however, was only issued after the Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema had been advised to review the incident on the pitch side VAR screen. It is the first game of the tournament for the left back, who has been part of the national team set-up since 2014. However, their dream turned to a nightmare as a total of 12 players and staff tested positive for Covid-19 two days before the tie, including goalkeepers Ali Ahamada and Moyadh Ousseini. Cameroon, five-time African champions, went on the attack from the start but were met by spirited resistance. Their first efforts from Aboubakar and Toko Ekambi were both wide of the target, failing to test the makeshift goalkeeper, before a simple inside pass from captain Aboubakar left Toko Ekambi with an easy finish to open the scoring in the 29th minute. Coach Amir Abdou was also missing the match –- the biggest in the footballing history of the country - with a COVID-19 infection. Alhadhur made several sharp, albeit unorthodox saves to keep Cameroon at bay until Aboubakar slipped around the defence to latch onto a clever through pass and make it 2-0 with 20 minutes left. Alhadhur, a reserve left-back for French Ligue 2 side Ajaccio, wore the gloves, with tape used to mark out his number three on the back of his goalkeeper's jersey. But Comoros were in no mind to pack the defence and El Fardou Ben Mohamed forced a flying save out of Andre Onana in the 79th minute before M'Changama then beat the goalkeeper with a superb long range freekick. Tournament rules state that teams must play as long as they have a minimum of 11 players available.

All three goalkeepers for the small island nation had been ruled out of the match on the eve of the tie –- one through injury and two after testing COVID-19 positive last week. But Ali Ahamada returned a new negative test and was pronounced fit to play by the Comoros Football Federation in a medical bulletin on Monday, only for his participation to be later ruled out by the Confederation of African Football. (Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Clare Fallon) Source: Reuters. The islanders, whose coach Amir Abdou was among those missing after testing positive, almost equalised shortly after as Ahmed Mogni forced Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana into a fine save. Their medical commission said any player who had been in quarantine would have to wait a minimum of five days before being allowed to return to play. Instead, the Comoros fielded the 30-year-old defender Alhadhur, who had his squad number plastered on an oversized goalkeeping jersey and whose first touch was to head the ball clear from the edge of his box. He did not make an actual save until late in the first half in what almost turned into a fairytale performance. Source: AFP.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Source: Reuters .