Thursday, 28 April 2011

Cameroon seal AYC final spot

Cameroon beat Egypt 4-2 on penalty shoot out to get to the finals of the Orange Africa Youth Championship after a long and action packed game at the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg.

This win sends Cameroon to the finals where they will play against the Flying Eagles of Nigeria. This leaves a repeat of the Group B second match which was won by Cameroon by 1-0.

The last semi final match between Cameroon and the Young Pharaohs’ started with both teams at each others neck. It was a game of two halves and two determined sides.

Both teams looked desperate to get the goal that will put them in the lead in this thrilling encounter.

At the 18th minute Mohammed Ghaly of Egypt forced a spectacular save from Cameroon’s Thierry Tangouatio.

Cameroon’s Ohandza Franck took a promising free kick that was tipped over the posts by the Young Pharaoh’s Ahmed Shanawy.

After thirty good minutes of play it was not clear who will emerge victorious. Nonetheless only one team can make it through to the final to face the Flying Eagles.

Cameroon’s Haman Jacques was a remarkable player to watch as he persistently tried his luck at goal but was met with the determined efforts of Egypt’s goal stopper. The game went to half time with a goal less draw yet an entertaining game.

The teams came back from half time showing the very same ambition but the Young Pharaohs’ dominated the second half; technically frustrating Cameroon.

Both teams showed their hunger as they started firing shots from every angle.

Mohammed Sobh took a convincing shot that went over the post (59th). Both teams failed to optimize on their chances.

The game dragged on to extra time, which came as no surprise since both teams were on fire. The first half of extra time did not yield any fruits.

The Egyptians were harassing Cameroon in the last 3 minutes of the second half but yet failing to find the back of the net. 

The game ended on penalties where Diaar El Sayed’s boys lost to the Flying Eagles by 4-2.

Egypt missed the first two penalties and scored the consecutive two penalties that followed, while Cameroon scored their all four which saw them cement a place in the CAF Orange African Youth Championship.

Egypt will battle it out with Mali for the third position on the 1st of May at 12h00 at Dobsonville stadium, while the pièce de resistance will be between Cameroon and Nigeria on the same day at 15h00.

Source: African Soccer
PIX:Ambroise Oyongo of Cameroon challenges Omar Gaber of Egypt

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