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Fact file on Cameroon v Comoros match…1st match without regular goalkeeper

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Hosts Cameroon face debutants Comoros in Yaounde for the account of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16.

Match Card

Date: 24 January 2022

Time: 20:00 local time (16:00 GMT)

Venue: Olembe Stadium, Yaounde

Round of 16

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Match: Cameroon v Comoros

Following are the Match Facts from Opta:

  • This will be the first ever international competitive match in which a team is compelled to play without a goalkeeper.
Comoros are compelled to use an outfield player as goalkeeper
  • This will be the first Africa Cup of Nations encounter between Cameroon and Comoros, while it will be just the third time that the tournament hosts will play a debutant in a knock-out round match, after Egypt vs Sudan in 1957 (semi-finals) and Ethiopia vs Tunisia in 1962 (semi-finals).
  •  Cameroon have lost just one Africa Cup of Nations match since the beginning of the 2017 edition (P13 W6 D6 L1) – losing 3-2 against Nigeria in their Round of 16 match in 2019.
  • Comoros, along with Gambia, could become the fourth team in the 21st century to reach at least the quarter-finals in their first participation at AFCON, after Equatorial Guinea (2012), Cape Verde (2013) and Madagascar (2019).
  • Cameroon have reached at least the quarter-finals in eight of their last 10 Africa Cup of Nations, although they have failed to do so in two of their previous three editions (group stage in 2015 and Round of 16 in 2019).
  • Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar, who is this tournament’s top scorer so far (5 goals), could become the first player to score more than five goals in a single edition of the Africa Cup of Nations since Egypt’s Hossam Hassan and South Africa’s Benni McCarthy (both 7) in 1998.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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