CAN 2022: at 10 and without a goalkeeper, Comoros released with honors by Cameroon

Cameroon qualified for the quarter-finals of the CAN 2022 by overcoming a brave team from the Comoros, this Monday in Yaoundé (2-1). Reduced to ten from the start of the match, with an outfield player in goal, the Comorians offered a good resistance to the Indomitable Lions.

Heroic. Difficult to find another qualifier for this team of Comoros . In a nightmarish context, the 132th Fifa nation offered superb resistance to Cameroon, this Monday, in the round of 16 of CAN 2022 (2-1). Despite a late arrival at the stadium, due to traffic jams and a minimalist escort (with players forced to strap themselves on the bus), a decimated squad and an outfield player in the goals (Chaker Alhadur), the Comorians delivered a huge performance in Yaoundé.

Brilliant and determined, Amir Abdou’s players gave everything to ward off fate. Despite the early exclusion of their captain Nadjim Abdou (6th), they posed major problems for the Indomitable Lions. To the point of shaking the Olembé stadium by striking 13 times towards André Onana’s cage. And by framing more than their opponents (7 against 6).

The Comoros have framed more than the Cameroonians

By dint of pushing, the Cameroonians ended up deceiving Alhadur and his jersey with artisanal flocking. Karl-Toko Ekambi opened the scoring half an hour into the game. Before Vincent Aboubakar scored his seventh goal in the competition (17e). Meanwhile, Alhadur played the guardian angels by performing a spectacular double parry. At the end of the effort, the Comoros found the resources to reduce the mark on a superb free kick from Youssouf M’Changama (81e) , the Guingamp midfielder (Ligue 2), elected man of the match. But they could not snatch the equalizer after an electric money time.

Despite this defeat against the host country, the players of the Comoros come out of their first AFCON the head raised. With the pride of an entire people on their shoulders. Faced with such a diminished opponent, the Cameroonians did not really reassure their supporters. But they ensured the essential by qualifying for the quarter-finals. They will face Saturday (17h) Gambia, winner of Guinea earlier in the day (1-0), for a place in the last square.