Ahead of the final showdown of the 2017 Nation’s Cup between Egypt and Cameroon, we take a look at the intriguing figures between the two super powers going into the game. From the eleven trophies between the competing nation’s to the 39 match unbeaten run accumulated by the teams, we preview the mouth watering clash in numbers.
Hector Cupper’s North Africans have won seven trophies under their name going into Sunday’s clash with the Indomitable Lions. The Pharoahs have mustered a fearsome 24 match unbeaten run in the Nations cup, last defeating dating back to CAN 2004 in a 2-1 defeat to fierce rival, Algeria.
Cameroon on the other hand have put together a run of 15 games without defeat in all competitions. The four time champions avoided defeat on a number of games but against a well greased and oiled Egyptians, the Lions will have to roar above the threats from the Pharoahs.
The two sides previously featured in two finals with the Egyptians winning on both occasions. A thrilling 0-0 stalemate in the 1986 finals between the two nations saw Egypt edging out Cameroon 5-4 on penalties. The North Africans completed their dominance over the Lions with a 1-0 win in Ghana for the 2008 edition. Sunday’s meeting will be the third in the final and tenth in total.
Of the ten previous meetings between the sides, Egypt managed a respectable 5 wins and one drawn game whiles the Lions roared home on 3 occasions. A win for Egypt will be the sixth and the third straight final win over Cameroon. The last seven games between the two games highlighted Egypt as the better side, with 5wins and 2 draws.
Cameroon goes into the game with one defeat in their last eight matches at the Nation’s cup and none in the current competition. The youthful looking side ousted the much fancied Terranga Lions thanks to the lottery of shootouts.
Neither of the two sides have ended a game on the losing side in the 2017 Nations cup so far. Will it be the eighth trophy for Egypt or the fifth trophy for Cameroon? Remember the Egyptian shot stopper, Essam El Hadaary, have the same number of trophies as Cameroon (4 each)
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Written By Saani Abacha