Video: Crested Cranes Blame Referee After Heartbreaking Exit

Tuesday, October 31
•Cameroon 3-0 Uganda (AET)
Cameroon win 3-2 on aggregate

The Crested Cranes faced bitter disappointment as they were knocked out of the Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifiers by Cameroon.

Despite Uganda’s initial 2-0 victory in Njeru, they couldn’t maintain their lead, allowing Cameroon to score three unanswered goals, advancing 3-2 on aggregate.

Cameroon’s Captain, Ajara Nchout Njoya, who missed a penalty in the first leg at Njeru, redeemed herself by scoring a stunning opener in the 27th minute with a powerful shot from a difficult angle.

Shortly into the second half, Monique Ngock headed past Vanessa Karungi to double the lead for Cameroon.

At 2-2 on aggregate, the Crested Cranes held on to push the game into Overtime.

However, controversy arose when Cameroon was awarded a contentious goal after a collision that left Uganda’s goalkeeper, Vanessa Karungi, injured.

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This goal by Claudine Meffometou became the decisive winner for Cameroon in the 115th minute.

It’s the end of the road for Uganda at these qualifiers, and a spot at the Olympics remain elusive.

“I want to commend my team for giving their all. Although we’re exiting, we have a solid foundation to grow from. We’ll focus on refining specific areas with our strong team,” said Crested Cranes interim coach Charles Ayiekho.

“While they’ve secured qualification, deep down, they recognize our team’s strength.

“No team on this continent can defeat us without referee assistance as this game has proved. Out of their three goals, only one was legitimate. These West African teams seem determined to win by any means.”

Uganda had earlier eliminated Rwanda 4-3 on aggregate.

Cameroon will meet Nigeria in the third round after the later ousted Ethiopia 5-1 on aggregate.



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