Champions: Cameroun lift Afcon 2017 trophy, 5th time
Cameroon are the 2017 Africa champions after they played against odds to beat Egypt Egypt 2-1 in Afcon 2017 final.
History was made and broken as Egypt lost a final for the first time since they lost it to Ethiopia 55 years ago.
It is also the first time the Pharaohs lost a match at the tournament to a Sub-Sahara African country since they were last defeated by Cameroon way back in 2002.
Egypt had also gone for 24 matches on an amazing winning streak!
Cameroon who failed to bring in 9 European based professionals had substitute Vincent Aboubakar to thank as he came on in the second half and changed the game.
He swept in the winner two minutes from time, flicking the ball over defender Ali Gabr and thumping it home to seal victory.
Nicolas Nkoulou had earlier equalised for Cameroon, rising highest to power home a header on the hour mark.
The equaliser cancelled out Mohamed Elneny’s opener on 22 minutes with a beautifully taken near-post strike.
Underdogs Cameroon had already upset the odds to reach the final and stunned the much-fancied Egyptians with the late dramatic winner from Aboubaker, after fellow substitute Nkoulou had drawn them level.
The Pharaohs – bidding for an eighth title after seven years in the international wilderness – started comfortably and Elneny’s opening strike capped a wonderful fluent move down the right.
The Gunners midfielder started the move and finished it, after receiving the ball from Mohamed Salah in the box and sweeping it past Fabrice Ondoa into the roof of the net at the near post.
But Egypt invited the Indomitable Lions to come at them in the second half and they paid a heavy price.
The excellent Cameroon forward Benjamin Moukandjo whipped in an excellent menacing cross and substitute Nkoulou muscled his way through the Egyptian defence to beat Ahmed Hegazy to the ball and bury it past 44-year-old Essam El Hadary in the Egyptian goal. zimnews.net
The contest developed into a fascinating final, with Cameroon, inspired by the excellent Christian Bassogog and Jacques Zoua, pinning Egypt back and limiting them to long balls to Salah and substitute Ramadan Sobhi.
Fatigue soon set in in the Egyptian ranks and Cameroon got their reward for increasing the pressure.
Aboubakar picked up the ball at the edge of the box, flicked it over the stranded Gabr, before gathering, taking a step and smashing home off his right foot for a fitting winner.