Vincent Aboubakar was the hero with a brilliant late goal, firing Cameroon to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Egypt in Libreville and their fifth Africa Cup of Nations title.
Aboubakar replaced Robert Ndip Tambe at half-time, with Hugo Broos’ side a goal down, and went on to secure the Indomitable Lions’ first championship since 2002 with a brilliant individual effort in the 88th minute.
The triumph will be made all the sweeter after seven players, including Liverpool and West Brom defenders Joel Matip and Allan Nyom, snubbed the chance to represent their country in Gabon.
Egypt took the lead in the first half when Mohamed Elneny, back in the starting line-up after missing the last two matches with a calf injury, was the beneficiary of some woeful goalkeeping from Fabrice Ondoa.
However, Cameroon showed renewed vigour after the restart and they were rewarded when substitute Nicolas N’Koulou headed home in the 59th minute.
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.
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