AFCON 2017: Cameroon players that rejected call-ups could regret decision

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Cameroon beat all odds against them to reach the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final after dispatching Ghana 2-0 in the tournament’s second semi-final game played on Thursday evening.

The Indomitable Lions extended the Black Stars 35-year agony with second half goals that will see them face Egypt in Sundays final.

Hugo Broos’ side came into the tournament deprived of the services of some star players, who  rejected call-ups for the continental showpiece in favour of their club responsibilities.

With an AFCON win now possible, the stars that rejected the call-ups may be poised to miss out on an achievement every African footballer cherishes.

The young Cameroonian footballers that went to Gabon have played their hearts out in the tournament, and have been rewarded by a slot in the final.

Should they beat Egypt on Sunday, players like Liverpool’s Joel Matip and West Bromwich Albion’s Alan Nyon will have missed on an AFCON medal, one that would have decorated their country careers.

In the game against Ghana, the Indomitable Lions failed to get a breakthrough in the first half, but went on to slot two goals into the Ghanaian net in the second half.

Ghana started the game without record-scorer Asamoah Gyan, but brought him on for his 100th cap after Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui slotted home in the 72nd minute.

As the Black Stars poured forward in search for an equalizer, they were punished in stoppage time as Christian Bassogog scored the second after a sleek counter attacking move.

The loss now means the Ghana will have to battle Burkina Faso for third place on Saturday.

Cameroon will play Egypt on Sunday, hoping to stop The Pharaohs charge to win a record eighth AFCON title.

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