Cameroon win 5th AFCON after 2-1 win over Egypt

Feb 06, 2017, 00:34

The most successful team in Africa Cup of Nations history, Egypt (eight finals, seven titles) meets the third (-ish) most succesful - Cameroon (six finals, four titles) in the 2017 AFCON final.

Then, with just two minutes of normal time to play, sub Vincent Aboubakar produced a moment of magic, flicking the ball over defender Ali Gabr before firing home the victor.

Mohamed Elneny put Egypt 1-0 up in the first half of the final this evening, but second-half goals from Nicolas N'Koulou and Vincent Aboubakar sealed the trophy for Hugo Broos's men.

It is the fifth time Cameroon have won the Cup of Nations and first since 2002.

Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) Even before his stunning late victor, the Cameroon striker made a significant contribution after coming on for Ndip Tambe after the break.

"So for me it's so easier as a coach, I just have to ask them to deliver and they'll fight together as a team".

After winning an unprecedented hat-trick of Nations Cups between 2006 and 2010, Egypt failed to qualify for the next three editions of the tournament before ousting Nigeria in qualifying to reach Gabon.

Egypt defeated Burkina Faso in penalty kicks (4-3) to advance to the final. In the 1986 and 2008 finals, Egypt snatched the continent crown from Cameroon. Fourteen of the members of the team are attending their first African Cup of Nations. So it's very hard to bet against the Indomitable Lions in the final. "They are two teams who play different football", the 63-year-old told DW in an interview by the beach in Gabon's capital Libreville.

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