Yesterday, Sunday 6th February, the football world’s eyes were on AFCON’s final that was held in Cameroon between the Teranga Lions of Senegal and the Pharoahs of Egypt at the Olembé Stadium in Yaoundé. This stadium was cleared for matches after local fixers and the Cameroon government assured CAF – the overall organisers – that safety measures would be tightened up to prevent the string of events that led to the fan stampede which left eight people dead and 38 injured just before Cameroon’s last-16 tie against Comoros on 24 January 2022.
The Pharoahs have won this event seven times, so the Senegalese focus was on Sadio Mané and his team to take home this prestigious trophy, having never won this event before. Mané would be facing off his rival, Mohamed Salah, two football legends in combat!
The match ended up in a goalless draw after competitive playing by both teams. In extra time penalties Senegal showed their strength and indomitable spirit to win the trophy, eventually clinching a win against Egypt 4-2. Senegal went out to achieve their greatest dream and won!
The Teranga Lions saw captain Kalidou Koulibaly go up to the VIP box in the stands alongside Confederation of African Football president Patrice Motsepe and Fifa president Gianni Infantino to greet Cameroon president Paul Biya. After two previous final defeats, Senegal are Africa Cup of Nations winners at last. “It just shows that if you work hard, if you persevere, you will get what you want” said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse.
These two amazing teams will meet again in March in a two-legged play-off for a spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Playing for third and fourth places Cameroon came from 3-0 down to level at 3-3 against Burkina Faso before winning a penalty shootout to finish third at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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