The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon secured a spot in the Africa Cup of Nations last-16 after a dramatic 3-2 victory over Gambia. The thrilling encounter saw Cameroon coming from behind with two late goals to secure their place in the knockout stage and eliminate four-time winners Ghana from the tournament.
After a goalless first half, Cameroon opened the scoring in the 56th minute with a header from Karl Toko Ekambi, assisted by Georges-Kevin N’Koudou. However, Gambia fought back with goals from Ablie Jallow and substitute Ebrima Colley, taking a 2-1 lead with just minutes remaining.
In an emotional turnaround, Joseph Gomez’s own goal leveled the score, and Christopher Wooh netted a stoppage-time winner, securing a last-16 showdown with Nigeria. The abundance of late twists and turns kept fans on the edge of their seats, making it one of the most remarkable matches of the tournament.
Cameroon, led by coach Rigobert Song, demonstrated remarkable character and determination, clinching the second spot in Group C on goals scored. The Indomitable Lions will now face Nigeria at Abidjan’s Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium on Saturday in the knockout stage.
The victory not only ensures Cameroon’s progression but also marks a significant moment for Samuel Eto’o, the legendary former player and current Cameroon FA president, who fought back tears after the final whistle. The Indomitable Lions’ comeback showcased their fighting spirit and sets the stage for an exciting journey in the knockout phase of the Africa Cup of Nations.