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CAMEROON WINS FIFTH AFCON TROPHY
Deborah Twumasi
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CAMEROON WINS FIFTH AFCON TROPHY


The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations came to an end on Sunday in Libreville with Cameroon earning their fifth continental title. A brilliantly taken 88th minute stunner by Vincent Abubakar won Cameroon their fifth Afcon trophy ending their 15 years wait.

Egypt looked set for their eighth trophy after Mohammed Elneny put them ahead in the 22nd minute with an excellently taken drive which left goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa stunned. The Indomitable Lions failed to level the scoring before the break but a spirited Cameroonian side returned with an improved performance in the second half. Nicolas N’Koulou out-jumped his markers to head home a supersonic drive from a Benjamin Moukandjo’s free kick to level the scores in the 59th minute. But Egypt's greatest disappointment came when Vincent Abubakar intelligently drove home a beautiful volley in the 88th minute to end the Pharaohs target of an eighth trophy.  It’s the first time Egypt have been defeated in the final since 1952 and Cameroon now become the second most successful side in the tournament’s history.

STATISTICS OF THE 2017 AFCON

Cameroon had the worst disciplinary record with  12 yellow cards and committed the most fouls 138.

Total goals: 52 goal in 32 matches (1.62 goals per match)

Total cards: 84 yellow cards, 1 red card

Top scorer: Junior Kabananga (3 goals)

Top assist: Mohamed Salah, Benjamin Moukandjo (2 assists)

Top goals: Cameroon (11 goals)         

Top defence: Senegal, Mali, Gabon (2 goals)

Disciplinary: Cameroon (12 yellow cards)

Most goals attempts: Burkina Faso 76 (30) shots (on target)

Most fouls committed: Cameroon (138)

Best ball possession average: Cote d'Ivoire (58%)

 

Ghanasoccernet.com

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