Cameroon have advanced to the semi-final of the African Cup of Nations after a comfortable 2‐0 victory against underdogs Gambia in the quarter-final.
A brace from Karl Toko-Ekambi ensured it was the end of the journey for the Gambian side. The Hosts were dominant all through the match, a spell which saw Gambia spend majority of the time in their half.
Cameroon came into the encounter on the back of a 2-1 win over 10-man Comoros while a Musa Barrow goal was all Gambia needed to catapult them into the last eight in a 1-0 victory over Guinea.
The first half saw Cameroon have flurry of chances but they failed to put the ball past Baboucar Gaye in Gambia’s goal.
The second half saw Cameroon open scoring. The opening goal came in the 50th minute when Karl Toko-Ekambi rose earliest to direct a cracking header into the far corner from Fai’s cross.
Seven minutes later, Karl Toko-Ekambi doubled their lead with his fifth goal of the tournament – sneaking in at the back post to tap home a sublime low cross which bobbled as it came across from the left.
11 – Vincent Aboubakar (6) and Karl Toko-Ekambi (5) have scored all 11 of Cameroon’s goals at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations – the only duo to score more combined in a single edition of the AFCON was Mulamba Ndaye (9) and Mayanga Maku (3) for Zaïre in 1974 (12). DuoQuick stat
Cameroon could have gotten more goals from competition’s leading scorer Vincent Aboubakar, but he saw his efforts rebuffed by the Gambian side.
Speaking with Joysports after the came Tom Saintfelt, Gambia gaffer admitted the hosts were the better side saying:
“Cameroon was much stronger than us and was better than us and that’s not a shame”.
Gambia came into the competition as the lowest-ranked nation by FIFA occupying spot no.150 but have proved to be one of the best eight at this edition.
The five time AFCON winners having advanced to the semi-final will face the winner of Sunday’s quarter-final tie between Egypt and Morocco for a spot in the final.
Burkinafaso also joined Cameroon in the last four after they edged Tunisia 1-0 courtesy of Djibril Ouattara’s goal at the stroke of halftime.
◉ 2013: 2nd
◎ 2015: GS
◉ 2017: 3rd
◎ 2019: DNQ
◉ 2021: SF
BurkinaFaso have made the semi-finals in three of the last five AFCON tournaments.
Burkinafaso having advanced to the semi-final will face the winner of Sunday’s quarter-final tie between Senegal and Equatorial Guinea for a spot in the final.