Cameroon rallied from 1-0 down with two goals in the last half-hour, including a brilliant winner with a minute left, to beat Egypt 2-1 in the African Cup of Nations final on Sunday.
Cameroon made a second change at the start of the second half, sending on experienced striker Vincent Aboubakar in place of Robert Ndip Tambe, but it was their first substitute, N’Koulou, who made a huge impact just before the hour mark.
Substitute Vincent Aboubakar controlled the ball in the 89th minute, clipped it over defender Ali Gabr and thumped it homepast Egypt’s goalkeeper to clinch Cameroon’s fifth African title with a sublime finish.
Aboubakar ran all the way to the VIP enclosure to celebrate as his teammates chased him.
That sparked bedlam in a near-capacity crowd of more than 38,000 in Gabon’s capital, made up in its majority by Cameroonian supporters.
The striker delivered Cameroon’s first African Cup crown since 2002 and denied Egypt, which led early in the first half in Libreville, an eighth title.
Nicolas Nkoulou had earlier equalised for Cameroon, rising highest to power home a header on the hour mark.
The equaliser cancelled out Mohamed Elneny’s opener on 22 minutes with a beautifully taken near-post strike.
In its 18 years of participating in AFCON cameroon has lifted the trophy five times in the year 1984, 1998, 2000, 2002 and now this year 2017.
This makes Cameroon the most crowned country behind Egyptian Pharaohs who have lifted the trophy six times
Recall that Indomitable lions of Cameroon had defeated Black Stars Ghana 2-0 on Thursday to reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Egypt fell just short on their return to the competition after a seven-year absence, and the defeat will be especially painful for their coach Hector Cuper.
The Argentine was desperate to win a trophy after a career tainted by rotten luck in finals at club level, including back-to-back defeats in the UEFA Champions League with Valencia at the start of the last decade.
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