March 24, 2017

Aboubakar Stunner Seals AFCON Title For Cameroon

06 February 2017, 12:52 | Ella Tate

Cameroon supporters throng city ahead of final

Cameroon manager vows to leave eligibility decision to Joel Matip in future

"It's true that when I came to Cameroon almost a year ago I found a group of players who were old, not motivated, so I had to change that", Broos said after the Indomitable Lions came from behind to beat Egypt with goals from Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a strike from close range at the near post.

Mohamed Elneny put Egypt 1-0 up in the first half of the final this evening, but second-half goals from Nicolas N'Koulou and Vincent Aboubakar sealed the trophy for Hugo Broos's men.

Cameroon, meanwhile, will again look to defy the odds, with their squad containing 14 AFCON debutants one step away from immortality.

They started uncertainly with a goalless stalemate against Mali and were not convincing in victories over Uganda, Ghana, Morocco and Burkina Faso, on penalties, in the semi-finals.

Strong in central defence and with a goalkeeper Essam El Hadary who has conceded just twice in eight Nations Cup games dating back to 2010, the Egyptians are built from the back.

Egypt's approach to the final, in contrast, is simple: stick with what we know.

That was Cameroon's last final appearance, but while then they had the likes of Samuel Eto'o and Rigobert Song, their current team has no such big name stars.

The time before that, in 1986, the Pharaohs spoiled Cameroon's shot at an AFCON three-peat (the Lions won the 1984 and and 1988 titles). Such dominance in the competition showcases both the teams to be giants of Africa football, and with the final set to be played between these successful nations in Libreville, the match is expected to be a cracker on Sunday.

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. That's why the players who are on the bench keep motivation.

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