Cameroun wins AFCON 2017, beats Egypt 2-1

Cameroun wins AFCON 2017, beats Egypt 2-1

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos couldn't resist a pop at absent Liverpool defender Joel Matip as his nation clinched a 2-1 victory in the African Cup of Nations final on Sunday.

Cameroon players and staff celebrate after Vincent Aboubakar, 3rd left, scored their second goal during the African Cup of Nations final soccer match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l'Amitie, in Libreville, Gabon, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

Cameroon, who beat Egypt 2-1 in the Nations Cup final in Libreville, have to beat neighbours Nigeria both home and away in back-to-back fixtures in August and September to stand any chance of qualifying.

Not many saw Egypt storming into this year's final, but the astute experience of Essam El Hadary, Mohummad Fathi and blossoming talents of Muhamad Salah, have seen the Arabic country through so far.

It eventually came in the 88th minute.

He said "I worked with a group of 23 players who are also friends and this spirit of unity is what has paid off in the competition".

If Casson was looking for a way to win over Egyptian hearts, complementing the national team of this football-mad country was a good way to go.

"If you have a group of players who don't like each other then you'll have plenty of problems on the bench".

The Indomitable Lions' centre back was solid at the back and scored two crucial goals, including the victor against Guinea-Bissau in the group stage after making a goal-line clearance.

- Cameroon are set to record their seventh final in the African Cup of Nations; being awarded the trophy after four of their six previous final matches (1984, 1988, 2000 & 2002).

"When I came a year ago, I realized some of the players were not willing to play for the nation".

On the back of a mildly successful season with Montreal Impact in 2016 which saw them lose the East Conference finals and now an AFCON victor, Oyongo has been gaining a lot of attention from clubs around the world.



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