I Don’t Know How Cameroon Keeper Made Stoppage Time Save – Aubuameyang
Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has wondered how the Cameroon keeper was able to shut him out in the stoppage time while expressing his devastation after the Panthers were eliminated from Afcon 2017 on Sunday.
The hosts were held to a goalless draw by a spirited Cameroon side that needed just a draw to progress while Gabon needed to win at all costs.
“There is simply no explanation for the result today. We are extremely disappointed that we are out of the tournament especially that we are in front of our fans.”
The 27-year old squandered Gabon’s best chance to score in the third minute when he missed a sitter from a Denis Bouanga cross from the left having earlier combined with the latter for another opportunity in the first minute.
“I usually score those opportunities in open play. I do not know what happened today. I have no explanation to be honest. I do not even know how the Cameroon goalkeeper (Joseph Ondoa) made the save in the stoppage time,” explained a very devastated Aubameyang.
Gabon dominated the opening 15 minutes but Cameroon was solid and slowly grew into the game and kept the home fans in check. Aubameyang also lamented on the loss of dependable players like Mario Lemina who was ruled out of the tournament due to a back injury.
Gabon were also without full back Johann Obiang to injury further depleting Jose Antonio Camacho’s outfit against a resurgent Cameroon side that defeated stubborn debutants Guinea Bissau 2-1. Aubameyang also blamed their exit on their failure to defeat Guinea Bissau, a win that could have spurred them to the last eight.
“We conceded a stoppage time goal against Guinea Bissau. That was our undoing. If we had won that game, we would be talking about something else right now. Every team in our group defeated Guinea Bissau except us. It is unfortunate,” he explained.
Gabon is the fourth Afcon host nation to be eliminated from the tournament at the group stages after Tunisia (1994), Ivory Coast (1984) and Ethiopia (1976).