AFCON 2021: Ekambi shoots Cameroon into semifinals

Karl Toko Ekambi scored a brace as Cameroon gently went past Gambia in the African Cup of Nations at Japoma Stadium on Saturday evening.

The tournament hosts Cameroon bossed the possession in the middle park for the largest time in the game but the scorpions smartly defended their goal in the first half.

Vincent Aboubakar nearly placed Cameroon in the lead after latching on a pass from Karl Toko Ekambi but his effort was timely blocked at the edge of the box.

At half an hour’s time, Aboubakar met a darling cross into the box but Gambia’s custodian Baboucarr Gaye blocked it from close range.

In the 50th minute, Ekambi later broke the deadlock with a powerful header off Collins Fai’s we’ll taken cross from the right-wing.

Seven minutes later, Ekambi doubled the lead after tapping home Martin Hongala’s cross at the far post to place Cameroon in the driving seat.

Aboubakar tried to curl the ball at the far post after completing an attack but his effort went far and wide away from the post.

The result smartly sends Cameroon in the last four of the ongoing tournament.

Cameroon will meet the winner between Morocco and Tunisia to decide who walks to the finals.

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