Hosts Cameroon with Bayern striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations and heading towards their sixth triumph.
In the quarter-finals in Douala, the indomitable lions prevailed 2-0 (0-0) against Gambia, who had started with goalkeeper Baboucarr Gaye from the south-west regional league Rot-Weiss Koblenz. On the other hand, Choupo-Moting was not in Cameroon’s starting line-up and was not substituted on.
In Douala’s Japoma Stadium, Olympique Lyon’s Karl Toko Ekambi (50’/57′) scored the decisive goals for Cameroon, who last won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017, with his fourth and fifth goals of the tournament.
In the semi-finals, Cameroon meets the winners of the quarter-finals between Egypt and Morocco, who meet in Yaoundé on Sunday (17:00 CEST).
The hosts clearly dictated what happened, but were sometimes careless with their chances to score. Cameroon defender Collins Fai had the goal scream on his lips in the 29th minute, but his shot went to the side netting.
Two minutes later, Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar’s header went just wide of Gambia’s goal. It would have been his seventh goal of the tournament. In the 36th minute, Gaye defused an Aboubakar header from four yards out as he cleverly narrowed the angle.