In the past 24 hours, the atmosphere has not been a serene one between Cameroonian and Ivorian football fans. Egypt’s prevention of the Elephants from securing a quarter-final spot in the ongoing TotalEnergies AFCON, led to the degeneration of an already-existing rift between several Ivorian and Cameroonian football supporters.
Some of the Ivorians even went as far as saying that they are waiting for Cameroon when they host the next AFCON “2023 we are waiting for you people in Abidjan. 2023 is not far” said an Ivorian fan in a video of himself shared online.
“Pray that two years pass fast and we forget what you did, because if you come to Cote d’Ivoire and we do the same thing, it will not be good,” he added.
All of this disappointment stems from the fact that several Cameroonians openly supported Egypt over Ivory Coast, in an encounter that ended with the Pharaohs Eliminating the Elephants in penalty shout-out (5-4).
Groups of Cameroon fans could be seen booing Ivorians, as they marched out of the Japoma Stadium, after the 8th finals game.
Multiple reports suggest that the frustration was unbearable for many Ivorians, especially in Abidjan. Disturbing scenes of persons alleged to be Cameroonians being assaulted after the Cote d’Ivoire – Egypt game, surfaced online. It remains unclear if the acts of aggression were linked to the match on Wednesday.
As it stands, the fixtures for the AFCON 2021 quarter-finals are complete:
Saturday, 29 January 2022
5:00 pm – Cameroon vs Gambia
8:00 pm – Burkina Faso vs Tunisia
Sunday, 30 January 2022
5:00 pm – Egypt vs Morocco
8:00 pm – Senegal vs Equatorial Guinea