AFCON Player of the Day: Joseph Ondoa

Our AFCON Player of the Day for January 28 is Joseph Ondoa as the Cameroonian denied Sadio Mane to seal his side's semi-final berth.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
29th January 2017

article:29th January 2017

Cameroon knocked favourites Senegal out of the African Cup of Nations with a penalty shoot-out victory to book their place in the semi-finals.

After a goalless 120 minutes at the Stade de Franceville, Sadio Mane proved the fall guy and Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph Ondoa the hero as he saved the Liverpool winger’s spot-kick.


In scenes reminiscent of Cameroon’s 2002 final victory in this tournament over the same opponents, Vincent Aboubakar then made no mistake with his penalty to seal the deal 5-4.

Before the half-hour mark, Mane put Mame Diouf through – but the Stoke striker was closed down by the busy Ondoa and put the ball over the crossbar.

Ondoa reacted well early in the second half to keep out Mane’s header and did enough to stop Keita Balde Diao’s follow-up challenge almost on the goalline.

Mane and substitute Moussa Sow both had good opportunities as Senegal pressed for a late winner, but – when needed – Ondoa proved too good.

Can Cameroon now go on to lift the AFCON trophy this year?

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