Host country Cameroon advanced to the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals by beating the Comoros Islands 2-1 on Monday night. But though we covered the football match summary in AFCON football today, six deaths marred Cameroon’s win over Comoros last night.
The host country won at the expense of a team who had everything stacked against them in the last 16.
Ravaged by COVID-19 infections, Comoros had no goalkeeper available for the game, bringing left back Chaker Alhadhur into service.
Moreover, the debutant AFCON country had to do without coach Amir Abdou, who is also in quarantine.
All three goalkeepers for the small island nation were absent for this match, from the eve of the tie itself. One was unavailable through injury and two after testing COVID-19 positive last week.
But Ali Ahamada recently tested negative and a Comoros Football Federation medical bulletin on Monday pronounced him fit to play. Even so, the Confederation of African Football later ruled out his participation anyway.
Their medical commission dictates that any player who had been in quarantine would have to wait a minimum of five days before they can return to play.
Instead, the Comoros fielded the 30-year-old defender Alhadhur, who had his squad number plastered on an oversized goalkeeping jersey.
Now, in the match, Alhadhur’s first touch was to head the ball clear from the edge of his box.
In fact, he didn’t make an actual save until late in the first half in what was a near-fairytale performance.
AFCON Football Today – Six Deaths Marred Cameroon’s Win over Comoros
A crush of fans trying enter the stadium yesterday overshadowed the outcome of the match for the hosts, though. This stampede left at least six people dead, according to an official.
Naseri Paul Biya, governor of the central region of Cameroon, said there could be more casualties.
“We are not in position to give you the total number of casualties,” he said.
Cameroon will now meet upstarts Gambia in the last eight in Douala on Saturday.