July 5, 2022

AFCON 2021: We’re as sad as the 27 million Cameroonians – Conceicao

By Brian Aheebwa
Cameroonian players wear dejected faces during their semifinal penalty shootout against Egypt | CAF Image

Hosts Cameroon found themselves on the wrong side of luck in the penalty shootouts, losing 3-1 to Egypt in the semifinals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations at Olembe Stadium on Thursday.

Playing at their own backyard, the Indomitable Lions thought they would go all the way and claim their first AFCON title on home soil in vain.

And, according to head coach Antonio Conceicao, it was heartbreaking and the entire team is sad as the 27 million Cameroonians.

“The team played well during the 90′ ​​trying to score goals but we didn’t succeed,” the Portuguese told the media after the game as quoted by CAF.

“I think the Egyptian team knew how to counter us. It’s heartbreaking but it’s the reality. We are as sad as the 27 million Cameroonians.”

“The players felt some signs of fatigue at the end of the match, especially after a very physical and intense first half. We had tried to save our energy to counter the opponent but in vain,” Conceicao added.

The West Africans had three spot kicks missed by James Lea Siliki, Harold Moukoudi and Clinton Njie while their captain Vincent Aboubakar is the only one that scored.

On the other hand, goalkeeper Mohamed Gabaski was the hero for Egypt whilst also credit goes to Ahmed Mostafa commonly known as Zizo, Ahmed Abdelmonem and Mohanad Lasheen for converting their penalties.

It was revenge for Egypt who lost the 2017 final to Cameroon at the tournament played in Gabon.

As the Pharaohs reached the final where they will face Senegal who eliminated Burkina Faso on Sunday, the five time AFCON winners will face the Stallions in a third place playoff on Saturday.

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