Cameroon has secured its fifth AFCON triumph with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Egypt in the Final overnight.
An 88th minute strike from Vincent Aboubakar secured victory after it had earlier fallen behind from a Mohammad Elneny strike in the first half.
Nicolas Nkoulou had leveled on the hour mark for Cameroon who withstood all the odds to win the game as well as make the final.
It was big underdogs heading into the clash with may footballing pundits not expecting them to even make it past the group stage.
Egypt started well in the match and looked comfortable on the ball as they dominated the early exchanges. Elneny’s goal was not surprising considering the sheer weight of possession and it capped off some nice movement down the right hand side.
Elneny started the move down the right wing and finished it off with a composed finish which rocketed past Cameroon goal keeper Fabrice Ondoa to send the Egyptian fans into party mode.
However as the match progressed, Cameroon gradually worked its way back onto the contest due in large part to Egypt playing deep and inviting pressure at will.
Fatigue gradually set in and it was no surprise to see Cameroon find an equaliser on the hour mark via the head of Nkoulou who had done remarkably well to rise above the Egyptian defence to nod home a pinpoint accurate cross from Benjamin Moukandjo.
The final quarter of the match became increasingly nerve wracking as Egypt played for extra time whilst Cameroon pushed for a winner.
It seemed inevitable that the Indomitable Lions would pull the game out of the bag and they did just that on 88 minutes.
Aboubakar did extremely well to control a high ball before knocking it over the two on rushing Egyptian defenders to lash home from short range.
He then ran arms open to the Cameroon bench where he celebrated with the delighted Cameroon fans.
The win marked Cameroon’s fifth AFCON title and only trail Sunday’s opponents Egypt in trophy wins.
Hugo Broos was delighted with the win and his side’s performance:
“I am happy for the players,” he said. “This is not a group of football players, they are a group of friends.”