Cameroon are new ‘kings’ of African football, down Egypt 2-1 in thrilling final to lift Gabon 2017 title

Indomitable lions of Cameroon defied the odds to come from behind and win the Africa Cup of Nations ahead of Egypt in the final held in Gabon’s capital Libreville on Sunday. The stunning comeback happened after Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who returned to Egypt’s starting line-up after an injury, found the net from inside the box after just 22 minutes to give his country the lead.

However, in the 59th minute Nikolas N’Koulou equalized, putting the Indomitable Lions back in contention.

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.

Ordinarily, the Indomitable Lions would not be considered underdogs, but in this tournament the odds were always stacked against them.

This was because seven of their leading talents plying their trade in Europe refused to travel to Gabon and take part in the tournament.

Cameroon had previously won the AFCON trophy in 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002.