Faced with Comoros overwhelmed by fate, without a professional goalkeeper and with ten almost the whole match, Cameroon ended up qualifying (2-1) for the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations, Monday in Yaoundé .

The "Indomitable Lions" will face for a place in the last four the other debutant of this CAN, Gambia, winner of Guinea (1-0), in Douala on January 29, but Monday evening, the show was truncated.

The Comoros resisted heroically, and even scored on a splendid direct free kick from Youssouf M'Changama (81st), to fuel their regrets, with a right-back in goal and ten against eleven from the 7th minute.

After the exclusion of their captain Nadjim Abdou, the "Coelacanthes" even wanted to leave the lawn for a moment.

The staff, making X with their arms crossed above their heads, seemed to want to throw in the towel, before changing their minds.

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🇨🇲🇰🇲 KFDKSGDBGHS ALHADHUR IT'S AMAZING!!!!


🔥🔥🔥 A spectacular double save that keeps Comoros in the game! https://t.co/3HA6xwnZUV

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Ajaccion Alhadhur's right-back flawless in goal

The exclusion was decided after viewing the video, Abdou intervenes late on the ankle of Nicolas Ngamaleu, but the blow was cruel for the Comorians.

This red was added to the anger of not having obtained a waiver to align goalkeeper Ali Ahamada, again negative for Covid but not on time, according to CAF. 

Shaker Alhadhur, a professional defender in goal, was brave, but he did not have the trigger of a real goalkeeper to stop the shot from Karl Toko-Ekambi (29th), the first frame of the match for the Indomitable Lions .

Three minutes later, André Onana recalled all that a great goal brings, with a magnificent double parade on two successive shots from Ahmed Mogni and Youssouf M'Changama (32nd).

The Ajax goalkeeper, who started his match with a small inconsequential ball on an easy ball (3rd), then disgusted the Comorians, with a magnificent reflex on a powerful strike from Ben El Fardou (79th).

But he could do nothing on the direct free kick from M'Changama in the top corner, while Vincent Aboubakar had already doubled the bet (71st).

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🇨🇲🇰🇲 ONANA IMPASSABLE!!!


🤯 The Cameroonian goalkeeper is making a huge parade again!

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— beIN SPORTS (@beinsports_FR) January 24, 2022

Onana shone, Cameroon varnished

In the opposite cage, his trainers at FC Nantes have reason to be proud of Alhadhur, with his number 3 done in sky blue tape on the jersey borrowed from Ahamada. Present since 2014 and the beginning of the adventure of this Comoros team, the one-night goalkeeper managed a superb save with his feet on a powerful header from Vincent Aboubakar (48th), then two parades, not very academic but devilishly efficient, facing “Abou” and Eric Choupo-Moting “Choupo” (54th)

But the captain of Cameroon ended up deceiving Alhadhur, on a delicious vertical pass from Martin Hongla.

Here is Aboubakar with 6 goals, three units from the CAN record, signed by Zairian (now from DR Congo) Pierre Ndaye Mulamba in 1974. The beautiful story of the Comoros closes a chapter, the great story of the Indomitable Lions continues its dreams of writing another, glorious one.

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