There’s controversy in the round of 16 at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after Comoros were forced to select an outfield player in goal.
Since gaining independence from France in 1974, Comoros had never before qualified for a major tournament. But that all changed when they made it to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
How well are Comoros doing at the Africa Cup of Nations?
Despite losing their first two games to Gabon and Morocco, a shocking 2-3 win over Ghana in the last group stage game, where they scored their first goals in tournament history and clinched their first victory, allowed them to qualify for the round of 16.
Comoros advanced from the groups as one of the best third-placed sides, with that victory against Ghana setting up a round of 16 meeting with tournament hosts Cameroon.
◉ Salim Ben Boina (injured)
◎ 116 minutes
◎ 2 Goals Prevented
◉ Ali Ahamada (isolating)
◎ 154 mins
◎ 0.5 Goals Prevented
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 24, 2022
What happened to Comoros’ goalkeepers?
Ali Ahamada started the first game against Gabon, then Salim Ben Boina came in for the loss to Morocco and was voted man of the match. Ben Boina was favoured for the final game against Ghana but had to leave the pitch with an injury with the score at 0-1. He was replaced by Ahamada and Comoros went on to win 2-3.
But in the days since then, Ahamada and fellow back-up Moyadh Ousseni both tested positive for Covid-19, ruling them out of contention for the game with Cameroon and meaning that Comoros had no choice but to turn to an outfield player.
“We have already chosen an outfield player who will start as a goalkeeper,” said Comoros goalkeeping coach Jean-Daniel Padovani, per The Guardian; “he is a player who, during training, showed that he could play as a goalkeeper.”
Update: Comoros 🇰🇲
Because GK Ali Ahamada is not done with 5-day recovery after contracting COVID, it is understood he cannot play vs Cameroon today.
Sincerely hope @CAF_Online make a last-minute change. He MUST play if he's negative – to protect AFCON integrity.
— Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) January 24, 2022
So who will play in goal for Comoros vs Cameroon?
According to Gary Al-Smith, Ali Ahamada actually tested negative for Covid on the day of the game. However, he is still unable to play as he hasn’t completed the mandatory recovery period following his positive Covid test.
As a result of this, Chaker Alhadhur will line up in goal for Comoros against Cameroon.
Les compos de Cameroun-Comores :
🇨🇲 Onana – Collins, Ngadeu, Castelletto, Nouhou – Hongla, Zambo Anguissa – Choupo-Moting, Toko-Ekambi, Ngamaleu – Aboubakar
🇰🇲 Alhadhur – Zahary, Nadjim, Ben Djaloud, Saïd Bakari – Bachirou, M'Changama, Abdullah – Baki Youssouf, Mogni, El Fardou
— RMC Sport (@RMCsport) January 24, 2022
Who is Chaker Alhadhur?
Chaker Alhadhur is a 30 year-old left-back who stands 5’9 (172cm) tall and plays for French side Ajaccio in Ligue 2. He joined the club this summer after three years with Ligue 2 rivals Chateauroux.
Alhadhur, who will win his 30th cap in Monday’s knockout tie, has scored one goal in international football, against Mauritius, during qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. He wears squad number three during this tournament, and will now have a chance to make history as he starts in goal for Comoros against hosts Cameroon at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16.
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