The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have beaten the Pharaohs of Egypt to win the 2017 Edition of the African Cup of Nations.
The Indomitable Lions won their fifth Africa Cup of Nations. It’s an incredible story. This was supposed to be the worst Cameroon team in a generation. Now they are best in a generation, the first to win this tournament in 15 years.
Cameroon created nothing in the first half but in the second they were relentless and fully deserved to win. The captain Moukandjo, played a huge part and created the equaliser. Both the goals came from substitutes, Nkoulou and the hugely influential centre-forward Vincent Aboubakar.
Mohammed Salah gave Egypt the lead in the first half. Salah on the right played an excellent angled pass to find him in space in the box. There wasn’t much on, so he decided to sidefoot a rising shot that beat Ondoa at the near post.
Cameroons Equalizer came from the substitute centre-back Nkoulou. A corner was half-cleared and fed back out to Moukandjo on the left. With no pace on the ball he coaxed a superb dipping cross towards the six-yard line, where Nkoulou towered above Hegazy to plant a downward header into the corner. El Hadary dived but missed.
Vincent Aboubakar won it for Cameroon with a sensational goal in the 88th minute. Siani drove a long pass to find him on the edge of the box, all on his own against three defenders. He took it down with his shoulder, flipped it over the head of Gabr and then contorted his body to hit a bouncing volley across the motionless El Hadary and into the corner.