A row over the state of the pitch ensued after a weird finish to an Africa Cup of Nations recreation
Sierra Leone had been gifted a last-gasp equalizer when unlucky Badra Ali Sangare pawed a go into the trail of Alhaji Kamara – and ex-Tottenham defender Serge Aurier went in purpose after the goalkeeper was stretchered off.
Commentators referred to as the unlikely conclusion “unbelievable” and “unbelievable” as incredulous Sierra Leone gamers raced over to rejoice their leveler within the 93rd minute of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group E fixture in Douala, which ended 2-2.
The 35-year-old goalkeeper tried to leap on the ball to stop a nook, solely to lucklessly throw possession again into the middle of the goalmouth from underneath himself.
Danish Superliga star Kamara fell over earlier than cleverly chipping the chance into the web past desperately backpedaling center-back Simon Deli.
Champions League high scorer Sebastien Haller, who had put Ivory Coast 1-0 up after 25 minutes, regarded surprised on the bench as the Ajax striker noticed his aspect’s lead worn out in agonizing trend.
Sangare, who performs for South African crew Uthongathi, tripped badly as he gave the ball to Steven Caulker, permitting the former Spurs ace to offer the help for Kamara.
The goalkeeper then lay susceptible on the turf in ache and needed to be handled by medics and carrried off on a stretcher.
Ivory Coast had already used 5 substitutes, so captain Aurier wore the gloves for the Elephants in the course of the closing levels.
Ex-Spurs right-back Aurier was examined as Sierra Leone pushed for a 3rd purpose, though the minnows ranked 108th on the earth had been jubilant with their dramatically-earned level.
That pitch is a shame. How can we anticipate AFCON to grow to be as massive as Euros with pitches like that?
— ⭐⭐ (@_Carefree_C) January 16, 2022
“Better of all is the spirit we now have proven,” stated coach John Keister. “Simply to be here’s a win for us.”
Former Sierra Leone participant and supervisor Sierra Leone was amazed by Kamara’s purpose. “That’s unbelievable,” the ex-West Ham striker stated on co-commentary duties for Sky. “[Sangare] appears to be like to be in actual hassle there – he appears to be like to be in actual ache.
“It is a fully innocuous backpass and what he is making an attempt to do is simply pay money for it, however he drops it and it appears to flick out of his hurt.”
After Musa Noah Kamara leveled for Sierra Leone ten minutes after the break, Arsenal livewire Nicolas Pepe restored Ivory Coast’s benefit within the sixty fifth minute.
The 2015 champions stay high of the group on 4 factors after beating Equatorial Guinea of their event opener.
Laughable second, but it surely’s truly a really damning actuality. Pitch is in such a foul situation that it’s injured the keeper & thrown him into the air. There’s a case to counsel he’s making an attempt to save lots of face and canopy his error, but it surely’s nonetheless very apparent simply how unhealthy that pitch is.
— Mitch (@mitchwilks) January 16, 2022
One observer claimed the decisive purpose highlighted “a really damning actuality” for African soccer.
“The pitch is in such a foul situation that it’s injured the keeper and thrown him into the air,” they added. “There’s a case to counsel he’s making an attempt to save lots of face and canopy his error [by lying on the turf], but it surely’s nonetheless very apparent simply how unhealthy that pitch is.”
As others mocked AFCON, the viewer added that the “poor amenities as a result of worldwide ignorance” didn’t make the event “poor high quality or ineffective”.
“This can be a humorous remoted incident and an error that’s made worldwide,” they added. “Don’t use this as your method of devaluing an enormous event with immense expertise on present.”
With a goalkeeping disaster on their arms if Sangare is dominated out of motion, Ivory Coast will now look to seal knockout part qualification by beating bottom-of-the-group Algeria on Thursday.
Sierra Leone face Equatorial Guinea on the identical day. The rearranged event continues till February 6 2022.
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