YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Cameroon added their identify to an more and more lengthy record of hosts who’ve failed at the Africa Cup of Nations, eradicated at the semi-final stage on Thursday on post-match penalties.
Not since 2006, when Egypt had been hosts, has the house staff been ready to win the match as Cameroon stretched the unsuccessful sequence to eight successive tournaments as they bowed out.
Egypt beat them 3-1 on kicks following a goalless draw after additional time with coach Toni Conceicao admitting they’d run out of steam and captain Vincent Aboubakar accusing his teammates of attempting an excessive amount of on their very own.
“It’s an enormous disappointment, in soccer, you reap what you sow. We have an enormous staff and each time we play as a staff, we win,” Aboubakar mentioned.
“In this game, everyone wanted to show what he was capable of and here is the pay off. Whenever we are collectively strong, we win but the moment everyone tries to do what they want, we miss out.”
The coach felt the aspect had run out of steam, taking part in a sixth sport in 26 days and on a heavy pitch which sapped at the gamers’ vitality ranges.
“For 90 minutes the team played well and looked to score. We had some three to four chances without being able to score,” mentioned Conceicao.
“In the second half, we started to have imbalances in the game and suffered fatigue. My team tried, but Egypt managed to control our offensive abilities and countered them. That’s why we were forced to penalties. This is the harsh reality of sport.”
Cameroon had been additionally semi-final losers once they hosted the finals 50 years with the 1972 version being received by Congo.
This yr’s match has been overshadowed by a lethal stadium crush final week when Cameroon performed their first knockout stage match, with eight killed individuals and critically injured seven.
Thursday’s semi-final marked a primary sport again at the newly constructed Olembe Stadium, amid elevated safety and crowd management.
It will host Sunday’s closing between Egypt and Senegal.
(Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Robert Birsel)