Vincent Aboubakar scored a brilliant late goal to hand unfancied Cameroon a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Egypt and their fifth African Nations Cup title in an entertaining final on Sunday.
Hugo Broos's young, exuberant team had danced and sung their way into the Stade de l'Amitie before the game, all relaxed smiles and solidarity. In the 88th minute, substitute striker Aboubakar struck home the victor with an incredible piece of individual skill.
In a rather frenetic match, an inexperienced Indomitable Lions side pipped veterans Egypt as they scripted the final chapter in what has been a tremendous journey. But Broos wasn't handpicked for the gig - in fact, he wasn't even on the original five-man shortlist. The nucleus that remained was nearly entirely untested. The defender stated that their qualification is huge, as all of the best teams from around the world will be competing in this competition.
"We have lost the cup but we still have a chance to reach the World Cup".
The Indomitable Lions finally won the game 4-3 on penalties to lift their third AFCON title.
Defender Ambroise Oyongo, who played every minute for his side in Gabon, afterwards spoke about the Indomitable Lions' spirit and their ambitions for the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.
There was no doubt whose fans were dominating the packed stands.
The Cameroon coach slammed the players for putting "personal interest above those of the national team".
What the crowd saw next was perhaps the best Afcon final in two decades.
Egypt was far more accurate in the first half, with el-Neny's slick finish at the near post putting the Egyptians ahead early.
The same pattern emerged 20 minutes later when Egypt took the lead. Mohamed Elneny weaved his way through the non-existent defence, threading through the gap at the back and finding the top corner which Fabrice Ondoa failed to save.
"Our confidence showed against Egypt".
"This was the reason we won the cup, because of the spirit in our camp", Broos added.
But Nicolas Nkoulou, who had come off the bench in the first half, headed in the equaliser just before the hour mark and fellow substitute Aboubakar slammed in the victor in the 88th minute.
The Beskitas striker raced over to the VIP box to celebrate with Samuel Eto'o.
The Vuvuzela horns fell silent at the final whistle. "They are two teams who play different football", the 63-year-old told DW in an interview by the beach in Gabon's capital Libreville. And I put new players in.
The coach said, his team played as one unit and were motivated to die for the nation. Still it's not at the highest level. Yet they did and they beat favourites Senegal and Ghana on their way there.
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