Cameroon last night rose against all odds to win AFCON 2017. Cameroon claimed a 2-1 win over Egypt to claim their fifth Africa Cup of Nations after a tournament which has been defined by them defying expectation. Egypt were unbeaten in Afcon for 13 years and had not conceded two goals in any match since November 2014. Until now.
The Indomitable Lions had leaked goals in the group stages while the Pharaohs had not conceded until the semis. Egypt had not lost a final of the competition since 1962. Cameroon lost to Egypt the last time the two met in such a clash.In the end, the stats meant little and it was Cameroon’s persistent annoyance that saw Egypt run out of steam in a fraught second half.
This is the tournament where magic happens and nothing has been more magical than Cameroon’s journey to the final. Nobody would have given the Indomitable Lions a chance of making it through their group at the start of the tournament. Yet they did and they beat favorites Senegal and Ghana on their way there. Congratulations champs and hard luck to the Pharoes.