Hearts’ Arnaud Djoum helps Cameroon into AFCON semi-finals

Arnaud Djoum played 102 minutes for Cameroon against Senegal

Arnaud Djoum played 102 minutes for Cameroon against Senegal

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Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum helped Cameroon reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Djoum, who hadn’t featured in the competition prior to last night’s quarter-final, started against tournament favouries Senegal and was substituted 12 minutes into extra-time. The match ended 0-0 with Cameroon winning 5-4 on penalties. They will now play Ghana in the last four on Thursday. Cameroon’s progress means Djoum will miss Hearts’ home Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Rangers on Wednesday and Saturday’s lunchtime trip to Motherwell. He will, however, make his return to club action in the Jambos’ William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round clash with arch-rivals Hibs at Tynecastle on Sunday, February 12.

Meanwhile, Djoum’s Hearts team-mate, full-back Faycal Rherras could be available for Wednesday’s home league clash with Rangers after Morocco were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations at the quarter-final stage by Egypt.

Paul-Jose M’Poku Ebunge scored the only goal on 88 minutes.