AFCON: Cameroon beats Egypt to lift African title

Vincent Aboubakar scores brilliant late winner, helping Cameroon to claim fifth African Cup of Nations football triumph.

Cameroon celebrate with the trophy after winning the African Cup of Nations
Cameroon are Africa's football champions for a fifth time [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters]

Cameroon produced a stunning comeback to beat Egypt in the final of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), held in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, on Sunday.

Cameroon’s AFCON triumphs

2017 – beat Egypt 2-1
2002 – beat Senegal 3-2 (penalties)
2000 – beat Nigeria 4-3 (penalties)
1988 – beat Nigeria 1-0
1984 – beat Nigeria 3-1

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who returned to Egypt’s starting line-up after an injury, found the net from inside the box after 22 minutes to give his country the lead.

But in the 59th minute, Nikolas N’Koulou equalised and put the Indomitable Lions back in the game.

Cameroon’s comeback was completed at the match’s final moments, when Vincent Aboubakar controlled the ball in the 89th minute, clipped it over a defender and then shot past Egypt’s goalkeeper to clinch his country’s fifth African title with a sublime finish.

The Besiktas striker, who came in as a substitute, delivered Cameroon’s first African Cup crown since 2002 and denied Egypt an eighth title.

Cameroon's Aboubakar celebrates after scoring the winning goal [Mike Hutchings/Reuters]
Cameroon’s Aboubakar celebrates after scoring the winning goal [Mike Hutchings/Reuters]


Egypt's Mohamed Elneny scored the final's first goal [Mike Hutchings Livepic/Reuters]
Egypt’s Mohamed Elneny scored the final’s first goal [Mike Hutchings Livepic/Reuters]
Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies