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Cameroon beat Egypt to win fifth AFCON title

Egypt failed to win a record-extending eighth Africa Cup of Nations title as they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Cameroon in the final on Sunday.

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.

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.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Et'oo Cameroon

    February 6, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    The defensive play did not work for Egypt. Cameroon did it without the eight guys that refused to be part of the squad.

    Hard luck pharaos

    • ahmed

      February 7, 2017 at 7:59 AM

      Nice game for you guys ! Well deserved win ! We never like to lose, but Cameroon is a worthy and respectful team/nation that deserve success. You guys are a historic African team.

      We will be supporting you guys in the Confederations cup ! See you guys in then next AFCON, until then enjoy your place at the top of the continent !

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