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AFCON: Fans praise performance of Comoros’ stand-in goalkeeper Chaker Alhadhur

‘He’s genuinely a more proactive modern keeper than De Gea!’ Fans praise performance of Comoros’ stand-in goalkeeper Chaker Alhadhur – who is actually a LEFT BACK – in last-16 AFCON defeat against Cameroon


Fans on social media have praised the performance of Comoros’ stand-in goalkeeper Chaker Alhadhur in the AFCON last-16 defeat to hosts Cameroon. 

The minnows were without all three of the goalkeepers in their squad due to Covid,  despite No 1 Ali Ahamada testing negative for Covid-19 before the match.

Yet Ahamada, who had tested positive for the virus, has not fulfilled its protocols to play in the match and as such Alhadhur – a left back – played in goal in the 2-1 loss. 

Fans have praised the performance of Comoros’ stand-in goalkeeper Chaker Alhadhur

Alhadhur - a left back - played in goal in the 2-1 loss as the minnows were without their keepers

Alhadhur – a left back – played in goal in the 2-1 loss as the minnows were without their keepers

But despite conceding twice, his performance was lauded on social media, especially after an impressive double save in the second-half. 

One fan joked: ‘The Comoros GK (who is an outfield player) is genuinely a more proactive modern keeper than De Gea.’

Another said: ‘The Comoros improvisation for a keeper wow,’ while one user similarly said: ‘This Comoros keeper deserves man of the match! Oh wait, he’s not even a keeper.’

One AFCON fan spoke for everyone by saying: ‘This Comoros team are giving me joy. Even with a makeshift goalkeeper and a man down, they’re still going toe to toe with Cameroon.’ 

Despite conceding twice, his performance was lauded on social media during the contest

Despite conceding twice, his performance was lauded on social media during the contest 

Finally, one said: ‘Wait, Comoros goalkeeper is a left back? He deserves an award! These saves are for world cup.’  

And the team ranked 132nd in the FIFA rankings did get on the scoresheet, courtesy of a goal of the tournament contender from a 30-yard free-kick by Youssouf M’Changama. 

Yet it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback and hosts Cameroon advance to the last-eight where they will face Gambia on Saturday.  

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