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Toko Ekambi Brace Fires Cameroon To AFCON Semis

Cameroon defeated Gambia 2-0 in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final match which was played at the Japoma Stadium in Douala Stadium on Saturday.

The win sees the Indomitable Lions reach the semi-finals where they will take on either Egypt or Morocco in a semi-final clash on Tuesday, while the Scorpions are eliminated from the competition.

Cameroon started the better of the two teams and had the first effort on goal in the ninth minute, but Vincent Aboubakar’s effort from just outside the box went narrowly wide of the target.

Three minutes later, the Indomitable Lions had another first shot on goal when Oum Gouet unleashed a powerful shot from long range, but his effort also went wide.

On the half hour Karl Toko Ekambia came within inches of giving Cameroon the lead, but his shot from 18-yards out shaved the wrong side of the post.

Gambia star Musa Barrow had a sight of goal relatively early on, but he was denied from a tight angle by goalkeeper Andre Onana and had also been flagged offside anyway.

Two minutes before the break Vincent Aboubakar tried his luck again from range, but he was denied by the keeper.

The half ended 0-0.

Cameroon started the second half the better side with a shot on goal in the 47th minute courtesy of a strike from Zambo Anguissa, but Boubacarr Gaye made a good save to deny the midfielder.

Three minutes later, the Indomitable Lions went ahead as Karl Toko Ekambi headed in the fourth goal of the tournament after the striker did well to connect Collins Fai’s right-wing cross.


Mohammed Badamosi  came close to scoring an equalizer in the 55th minute with a strike from distance that forced Andre Onana into fine stop.

Cameroon confirmed their dominance on the 57th minute after Karl Toko Ekambi found the back of the net after a sloppy work from Gambia defence.

Gambia took control of the game after that and almost pulled a goal back on the hour mark, but Musa Barrow saw his long range shot go inches past the post.

Barrow was in the action again in the 76th minute, but this time his shot from just outside the box was brilliantly saved by Onana.

Clinton N’Jie should have extended Cameroon lead when he ran onto a long ball from the keeper and tried to lob Gaye, before Vincent Aboubakar lashed over the rebound.

Cameroon saw out the remainder of the game in relative comfort to secure a semifinal berth against either Egypt or Morocco.

How they lined-up:

Gambia: B. Gayé; P. Jagne (Barrow 56), O. Colley, N. Sonko-Sundberg, I. Touray, S. Janko (Darboe 56), J. Gomez, S. Marreh, Y. Bobb, Musa Barrow, M. Badamosi (Colley 56)

Cameroon: A. Onana; J. Castelletto, M. Ngadeu, C. Fai, N. Tolo, M. Ngamaleu, A. Zambo Anguissa, S. Oum Gouet, M. Hongla, V. Aboubakar, K. Toko Ekambi





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