Cameroon beat Gambia in five-goal thriller to progress

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Enzo Gianni Tchato Mbiayi of Cameroon celebrates victory during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations match between Gambia and Cameroon held at Peace Stadium in Bouake, Cote dIvoire on 23 January 2024 ©Weam Mostafa/BackpagePix

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon defeated Gambia 3-2 in their last group game of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023.

Karl Toko Ekambi put Cameroon in the lead in the 56th minute. Ekambi met a cross from Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to score with a header.

Gambia came back into the game with an equalizer through Ablie Jallow. He latched on to a cross into the 18-yard box to shoot into the bottom right corner to score.

The Scorpions went on to take the lead. Ebrima Colley was laid through by Assan Ceesay with a sumptuous pass. The forward kept his cool to put the ball into the net.

With exit staring at the face of Cameroon, they had to respond, and, they did.

James Gomez tried clearing a ball from his own half but it ended up in his own net just two minutes after they took the lead.

Cameroon took the lead once again. Defender Christopher Wooh met Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s cross with a header to score.

The victory means Cameroon have qualified to the knockout stage with 4 points.

Tom Sainfait -Gambia head coach 

“This is my last game with the Gambian team, I’m going to stay with them in some few days. I have thought that this is the right time for me to resign and move forward and I would like to thank the federation President of Gambia. I was not surprised because the Ivorians knew they had an advantage to progress if we win and they supported us. There is a rivalry between the two countries as well. I think it is only one goal that made the difference, we played better game than we did against Cameroon. Cameroon had really good players and we knew they had experience in lot of matches and it is only one team that won which is The Gambia. Such games are a victory for us.”

Source: https://www.cafonline.com/

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