Vincent Aboubakar came off the bench to score a dramatic winner with two minutes left as Cameroon fought back to beat Egypt 2-1 in a thrilling Africa Cup of Nations final in Libreville, Gabon, on Sunday.
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny had given the Egyptians a lead midway in the first half and Egypt looked to be on course to win an unravalled eighth Cup of Nations crown in their first appearance at the tournament since 2010.
However, Nicolas Nkoulou, who had come off the bench in the first half, headed in the equalizer just before the hour mark.Cameroon fought tirelessly and at last Aboubakar slammed in the winner in the 88th minute.
It is a fifth Cup of Nations crown for the Indomitable Lions, a first since 2002, and the first time they have beaten Egypt in the final in three attempts.
“I am very happy that we won the Cup of Nations today and I am happy for the players — this is not a group of football players, they are a group of friends,” said Cameroon’s Belgian coach Hugo Broos.
The defeat will be painful for Egypt coach Hector Cuper as the side has just short on their return to the competition after a seven-year absence.
But Cuper said: “The sadness I have is not because I lost another final, it’s because there was so much hope especially among the people in Egypt and I am sorry for the players who put in so much effort.”