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Karl Toko Ekambi scored two second-half goals as hosts Cameroon beat The Gambia to move into the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Toko Ekambi headed his country ahead in the 50th minute, glancing in from Collins Fai’s right-wing cross.

It became 2-0 seven minutes later with Toko Ekambi finishing at the back post following Martin Hongla’s low delivery.

Cameroon will play either Egypt or Morocco in the semi-final on Thursday, with the final next Sunday.

The Gambia were competing in the tournament for the first time and beat Mauritania and Tunisia in the group phase to reach the knockout stages, before eliminating Guinea in the last 16.

But, in front of a passionate home crowd at Japoma Stadium in Douala, The Gambia were outclassed and could have fallen behind in the first half.

Fai fired into the side-netting from 30 yards before Vincent Aboubakar – the tournament’s leading goalscorer with six – glanced a header just wide, and was then denied from another close-range header as goalkeeper Baboucarr Gaye produced an excellent save.

Karl Toko Ekambi plays his club football in France for Lyon

However, The Gambia’s resistance was broken early in the second half as Toko Ekambi rose above defender James Gomez to head five-time Afcon winners Cameroon into the lead with his fourth goal of the tournament.

His fifth came shortly afterwards, when he got on the end of Hongla’s inviting cross.

The other semi-final will see the winners of Saturday’s second match, Burkina Faso, play either Senegal or Equatorial Guinea – with that quarter-final tie live on BBC Two from 18:45 GMT on Sunday. Both semi-finals and the final will also be live on the BBC.

Cameroon were playing for the first time since eight supporters, including an eight-year-old boy, lost their lives in a crush outside Olembe stadium in Yaounde on Monday before the last-16 win over Comoros.

Player of the match

Toko EkambiKarl Toko Ekambi


  1. Squad number10Player nameBarrow

  2. Squad number14Player nameSonko-Sundberg

  3. Squad number19Player nameColley

  4. Squad number2Player nameBobb

  5. Squad number6Player nameMarreh

  6. Squad number5Player nameColley

  7. Squad number18Player nameGayé

  8. Squad number12Player nameGomez

  9. Squad number21Player nameJanko

  10. Squad number23Player nameBadamosi

  11. Squad number11Player nameBarrow

  12. Squad number26Player nameTouray

  13. Squad number13Player nameJagne

  14. Squad number17Player nameJobe

  15. Squad number8Player nameDarboe

  16. Squad number9Player nameCeesay


  1. Squad number12Player nameToko Ekambi

  2. Squad number19Player nameFai

  3. Squad number10Player nameAboubakar

  4. Squad number8Player nameZambo Anguissa

  5. Squad number24Player nameOnana

  6. Squad number25Player nameTolo

  7. Squad number5Player nameNgadeu

  8. Squad number3Player nameMoumi Ngamaleu

  9. Squad number18Player nameHongla

  10. Squad number21Player nameCastelletto

  11. Squad number17Player nameMbaizo

  12. Squad number14Player nameOum Gouet

  13. Squad number28Player nameNeyou

  14. Squad number7Player nameN’Jie

  15. Squad number15Player nameKunde

  16. Squad number11Player nameBassogog



Formation 4-4-2

  • 18GayéBooked at 40mins
  • 14Sonko-SundbergBooked at 21minsSubstituted forCeesayat 85′minutes
  • 12Gomez
  • 5Colley
  • 13JagneBooked at 33minsSubstituted forBarrowat 56′minutes
  • 21JankoSubstituted forDarboeat 56′minutes
  • 2Bobb
  • 6MarrehSubstituted forJobeat 82′minutes
  • 26Touray
  • 23BadamosiSubstituted forColleyat 56′minutes
  • 10Barrow


  • 1Jobe
  • 4Ngum
  • 8Darboe
  • 9Ceesay
  • 11Barrow
  • 15Sohna
  • 16Jallow-Mbye
  • 17Jobe
  • 19Colley
  • 24Darboe
  • 25Sanneh
  • 28Adams


Formation 4-4-2

  • 24Onana
  • 19FaiSubstituted forMbaizoat 84′minutes
  • 21Castelletto
  • 5NgadeuBooked at 48mins
  • 25Tolo
  • 18HonglaSubstituted forKundeat 81′minutes
  • 14Oum Gouet
  • 8Zambo AnguissaSubstituted forNeyouat 87′minutes
  • 3Moumi NgamaleuSubstituted forBassogogat 88′minutes
  • 12Toko EkambiSubstituted forN’Jieat 81′minutes
  • 10Aboubakar


  • 1Efala
  • 6Oyongo
  • 7N’Jie
  • 11Bassogog
  • 13Choupo-Moting
  • 15Kunde
  • 16Epassy
  • 17Mbaizo
  • 20Ganago
  • 22Onguéné
  • 27Léa Siliki
  • 28Neyou

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