Cameroon beats Egypt 2-1 and wins AFCON 2017 title

Egyptian fans celebrate after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final match against Burkina Faso in Cairo
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06 February, 2017

Vincent Aboubakar scored the victor as Cameroon came from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday.

7 time AFCON victors, Egypt will take on 4 time winners Cameroon in Libreville at the Stade De L'Amitie on Sunday night.

For the first time in three AFCON final meetings, Cameroon trumped Egypt to win the West African country's fifth continental title. We came here to win the title not to top our group or to reach the final.

Cuper's own career has featured numerous disappointments in finals, most notably in successive seasons in the UEFA Champions League with Valencia in 2000 and 2001.

The Pharaohs of Eygpt have won the AFCON title for a record seven times.

"I am very happy that we won the Cup of Nations today and I am happy for the players - this is not a group of football players, they are a group of friends".

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Buoyed by their equaliser and by their fans who considerably outnumbered the north African team's supporters, Cameroon went in search of the victor.

Egypt then opened the scoring midway through the first period with a superb team goal.

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.

Cameroon attempted to use brute force and energy to grab the victor, but the game slowed down as both teams exhausted. In the quarter-finals, they adopted a cautious defensive approach before eliminating Senegal, many people's favourites, on penalties. It came in third three times in 1963, 1970, and 1974. But thrown on here through necessity, it was he who pulled his side level in the 59th minute.

John Bennett also picked Egypt to life the trophy, though noted in his analysis for the BBC that Cameroon has been been exceeding expectations since the tournament began.


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