‘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
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
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.