By: Anye Valentine, In Bamenda
Cameroon’s Captain, Vincent Abubakar has been at Loggerheads with Karl Toko Ekambi after indicting team mates of having played an individualistic game.
The indomitable lions had an offensive outing while the pharaohs were defensive; taking both teams to penalty shootout without a score from either of the countries at regular time, till prolongation.
Cameroonian fans wore sad faces after watching their nation bowing low to 6-time AFCON winner; Egypt.
The supporters got infuriated and disappointed
when their flag bearers were unable to score at the penalty kicks.
Moukoudi, James Siliki, and Clinton Njie missed their penalties; allowing the Egyptians to proceed to the finals in a 3-1 victory.
The lone goal for Cameroon came in from Vincent Abubakar who was the first to open the penalty shootout with a scrore.
Out of disappointment, the indomitable lion’s captain revealed to CANAL+ that they failed because his team mates played an individualistic ball.
“It’s a big disappointment because the CAN is organized at home, and we get eliminated in the semifinals.
“We have a big team and each time we played collectively, we won.
“But today, everyone wanted to show what he is capable of, and here, in football, it pays cash,” he said.
In response to the captain’s claim of selfishness being the cause of their failure, Karl Toko Ekambi replied: “He [Abubakar] thinks what he wants, he says what he wants. I’m not going to argue about that. I congratulate the team. We tried to score, but we couldn’t. Football is like that. The penalty is either you score or you miss,” Karl Toko said.
He however promised that they will prepare well ahead of the third position game with Burkina Faso on Saturday February 6.
“We did what we could to go as far as possible. There remains the match for third place. We will try to prepare it well,” he pledged.
Will the lions be able to win the hearts of their fans by taking the AFCON third position medal?