AFCON 2021: What you need to know about Chaker Alhadhur the left-back who played in goal for Comoros against Cameroon
Left-back Chaker Alhadhur stepped up to play in goal for Comoros in their Africa Cup of Nations last-16 tie against Cameroon.
The African minnows were forced to put an outfield player between the posts because goalkeeper Salim Ben Boina is injured and remaining options, Moyadh Ousseini and Ali Ahamada, had been ruled out with Covid-19.
Comoros goalkeeper coach Jean-Daniel Padovani confirmed last week that they had already selected the player to step into the role and it was revealed to be Alhadhur when the starting XI was announced on Monday.
Who is Chaker Alhadhur?
The defender was born in France and has spent his entire career in the country.
His professional career started at his local team, Nantes, before he moved on to Caen and Chateauroux and eventually joined current club Ajaccio in 2021.
The 30-year-old made his Comoros debut in a friendly against Burkina Faso in 2014 and became a first-team regular until a cruciate ligament injury ruled him out for the latter stages of their qualification campaign for this year’s Afcon.
Alhadhur was an unused substitute for each of the team’s group stage matches against Gabon, Morocco and Ghana.
He is not known to have played as a goalkeeper in an official match before Monday’s match against Cameroon.
However, Padovani told reporters last week that he has looked good in training in the build up to the match.
“He is a player who in training showed that he can play as a keeper,” he told reporters.
He was hailed as ‘more proactive than De Gea’ and ‘funny but amazing’ after making ‘four good saves’.
He won yet more fans when images were posted of him forgetting he was the goalie and putting his hands behind his back when expecting a shot.