On Sunday, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions defeated Egypt’s Pharoahs to win the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Libreville, Gabon.
Cameroon became the second country to win the African Cup of Nations 5 times.
The Indomitable Lions first won in 1984, defeating Nigeria with 3 goals to 1. Other victories include two more wins over Nigeria in 1988 and 2000 and their defeat of Senegal in 2002.
The game began with an Egypt lead. Mohammed El-equaliser scored the opening goal in the 22nd minute.
In the 30th minute, Cameroon’s Teiku was taken down with an injury and had to be substituted with Nikolas N’Koulou. In the 59th minute, Nikolas N’Koulou, a super sub scored an equalizer, making the game more heated.
In the last minutes of the game, Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar scored a goal, putting the Indomitable Lions on the lead and securing their win.
The Egyptian players were on the verge of claiming their 8th AFCON title. Despite losing to Cameroon, they still remain the African country with the most Nation Cup wins with a total of 7 trophies. Cameroon follows closely with 5 titles, then Ghana with 4 titles, Nigeria with 3, Ivory Coast and DR Congo with 2 each.
Prior to the beginning of the tournament, 7 Cameroon players declined the call-up invitation to play for their country. The players include; Joel Matip, who plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League, Ajax d’Amsterdam’s André Onana, Guy Roland Ndy Assembe, Allan Nyom who plays for West Bromwich, Olympique Marseille’s André Zambo Anguissa, Ibrahim Amadou, and Maxime Poundje who plays for Bordeaux. This made their win even less predictable, as they seemed to be missing some of their key players.
Cameroon’s coach, Hugo Broos was full of love for his players following their win, calling them his ” friends” and stating that the bond they all share played a big role in their winning the AFCON.
“I don’t have 23 players, I have 23 friends,” Broos told BBC Sport.
“Over the weeks we went from being a squad to becoming a family. It’s unbelievable what all the guys did. It is tremendous.”