After two weeks filled with surprising results and passionate African football, the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners have emerged, and it is safe to say it wasn’t one of the title favourites.
Cameroon beat Egypt 2-1 on Sunday night in Libreville thanks to Vincent Aboubakar’s 88th minute winner, breaking the hearts of the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Hugo Broos’ men have won the tournament and beaten the best teams along the way.
The title looked set to return to Cairo after Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny gave the 2010 winners an early lead in the 22nd minute. But where the current Cameroonian side lacks the household names that took them to the title in 2002, it makes up for in character and grit and it was no surprise when they levelled the game in the 59th minute.
Hugo Broos’ men have won the tournament and beaten the best teams along the way. They beat tournament favourites Senegal in the quarter finals, brushed aside the black stars of Ghana in the semis and defeated the all-time record AFCON winners Egypt in the final.
Not bad for a team that finished second in the group stages.