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Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny opened the scoring for Egypt, but it wasn’t enough as Cameroon produced a second-half comeback to claim their first title since 2002.
Egypt XI: Essam El-Hadary; Ahmed Elmohamady, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi; Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Abdallah El-Said, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Mohamed Salah; Amr Warda.
Cameroon XI: Fabrice Ondoa; Adolphe Teikeu, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Ambroise Oyongo, Collins Fai, Benjamin Moukandjo, Sébastien Siani, Arnaud Djoum, Robert Ndip Tambe, Christian Bassogog, Jacques Zoua.
Abdallah El-Said wasted an early chance to give Egypt the lead, after Mohamed Salah sent him through but his poor shot just two minutes after kickoff was saved by keeper Fabrice Ondoa. Five minutes later, Sebastien Siani’s long range effort was easily saved by Essam El-Hadary.
Egypt broke the deadlock at 22 minutes after a good build-up play. Following a run from Amr Warda, Salah sent Elneny through and the midfielder scored from a very tight angle to make it 1-0 for Egypt.
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) February 5, 2017
Around the half-hour mark, Cameroon made their first substitution as Nicolas Nkoulou came on to replace injured Adolphe Teikeu.
The Indomitable Lions looked more dangerous in the second half, controlling the possession and forcing the Pharaohs to stay in their own half. Right after the break, Vincent Aboubakar came on for Ndip Tambe.
The pressure paid off as they levelled the scoreline just before the one-hour mark, when substitute Nkoulou headed the ball past El-Hadary after Egypt failed to clear the initial corner.
Five minutes after the goal, Hector Cuper brought on Stoke City’s Ramadan Sobhi instead of Mahmoud Trezegeut.
Cameroon continued to threaten the Pharaohs, with Moukandjo wasting a golden opportunity to score from inside of the box with 12 minutes to go.
The Indomitable Lions, who had eight of their players withdraw before the tournament, completed their comeback just two minutes from time. Vincent Aboubakar controlled the ball on the edge of the box, flicked it over Ali Gabr and then shot past El-Hadary to score the winner.