Without a real goalkeeper 10-man Comoros push Cameroon to the end
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Without a real goalkeeper 10-man Comoros push Cameroon to the end

The Coelacanths of Comoros would be proud of their campaign in Cameroon despite it coming to an end in the round of 16 on Monday.

Comoros, against all odds qualified from the group stages after securing a famous 3-2 win against four-time champions Ghana in their last game in the group.

The odds were stacked against them going into their round of 16 clash against hosts Cameroon on Monday.

Playing against the hosts in front of their fans was a disadvantage but having to play the game without several of their key players.

And having no real goalkeeper available for the match was a bigger disadvantage as the left back, Chaker Alhadhur was used as the goalkeeper.

Five minutes into the game their captain was sent off for a dangerous tackle on a Cameroonian player to further put put them in terrible position.

But they fought, forced a lot of saves from Andre Onana in goal for Cameroon before the hosts scored their first goal through Karl Toko Ekambi in the first half.

Vincent Aboubakar scored the Indomitable Lions second goal before a determined Comoros pulled one back through Youssouf M’Changama in the 81st minutes.

It was Andre Onana in goal that was the saviour for the hosts who were inspiring against a determined Comoros.

The Coelacanths of Comoros may have been 2-1 and knocked out in the second round but they showed strength, determination, grit instead of fear and dejection.

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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