The reason behind the Comoros goalkeeper jersey with “Tape”: The standard Sports
Comoros were forced to field a defender in goal for Monday’s Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 tie against Cameroon in Yaounde after being denied permission to use goalkeeper Ali Ahamada, despite returning a negative COVID-19 test result.
The small island nation’s three goalkeepers had been ruled out of the match on the eve of the tie – injured keeper Salim Ben Boina, Moyadh Ousseini and Ali Ahamada who were ruled out with Covid-19.
Coach Amir Abdou also missed the match – the most important in the country’s football history – due to a COVID-19 infection.
The rules of the Africa Cup of Nations state that if a nation has 11 fit players, they MUST complete the game whether or not they have a goalkeeper available.
But goalkeeper Ali Ahamada returned a new negative test and was declared fit to play by the Comorian Football Federation in a medical report on Monday, only to have his participation subsequently ruled out by the Confederation of African Football.
Their medical board said any player who had been in quarantine should wait at least five days before being allowed to return to play.
Instead, Comoros fielded 30-year-old defender Chaker Alhadhur, who had his team number 3 glued to an oversized goalkeeper shirt and whose first touch was heading the ball from the edge of his box.
He didn’t make a real save until the end of the first half in what almost turned into a fairy tale performance.
The 30-year-old, who represents French club Ajaccio, was born in France and has spent his entire career in the country.
Results: Cameroon overcome courageous Comoros to qualify for Nations Cup
Hosts Cameroon did a great job beating Comoros 2-1 on Monday to advance to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations at the expense of a side that had everything against them in the round of 16 .
Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar scored the home side’s goals at Olembe Stadium to see off the debutants, who were forced to use a full back in goal and saw their captain sent off after six minutes.
But Comoros still put up a valiant fight and, despite the considerable disadvantage, pulled a goal away from Youssouf M’Changama nine minutes from the end of the tournament with a vastly improved reputation.
Cameroon will face The Gambia in the quarter-finals in Douala on Saturday after beating Guinea 1-0 in Bafoussam earlier on Monday.