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AFCON preview: Cameroon Eye knockout stage slot Against Gambia

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Cameroon have one more chance to rescue their AFCON 2023 campaign, and will almost certainly need to beat Gambia at Stade de Bouaké on Matchday 3 to have a chance of advancing to the round of 16.

The 2017 AFCON champions have just one point from their first two games in Group C, having drawn with Guinea before losing to Senegal. Failure to win will see them out of the tournament.

It would be quite a blow for goalkeeper André Onana, who only recently arrived in Ivory Coast. He missed Cameroon’s opener against Guinea due to commitments with Manchester United and could be back in England without having missed a game for his club unless the Indomitable Lions can get through.

Rigobert Song’s men were well beaten 3-1 by Senegal on Match Day 2, despite Jean-Charles Castelletto pulling a late goal back. At the time it reduced the deficit to 2-1 as Cameroon looked to fight back, but Sadio Mané put the game to bed deep in stoppage time.

This will be the second meeting between Gambia and Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, after facing off in the quarter-finals of the 2022 edition. That game produced a 2-0 win for Cameroon, with two goals from Karl Toko-Ekambi.

Gambia have lost all three of their previous matches against Cameroon in all competitions while failing to score a single goal and conceding 5.

After going unbeaten in their first four AFCON games (W3 D1) and scoring in every game, Gambia have lost each of their last three in the competition without scoring.


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