The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon lifted the AFCON 2017 trophy, Futaa takes a game by game look at how they got there…
Rocked by a crisis involving several first-team players reporting they’re unavailable for selection, unconfirmed payment agreements and general camp unrest, Cameroon, against all odds, claimed a surprise success to write a very wonderful narrative.
Cameroon road to AFCON 2017 glory:
Burkina Faso 1-1 Cameroon
Placed in Group A alongside hosts Gabon, Cameroon started off with a laboured 1-1 draw with West African rivals Burkina Faso.
Hugo Broos’ side thought they had won the game with Benjamin Moukandjo 38th minute free kick, but Burkinabe’s Issoufou Dayo cancelled the lead with a 75th minute equalizer.
Cameroon 2-1 Guinea-Bissau
The Indomitable Lions went behind as early as the 13th minute, but second-half goals from Sébastien Siani (61 min) and Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (78 min) claimed all three points.
Cameroon 0-0 Gabon
A goaless draw with Gabon was a mere dead rubber with next round qualification already confirmed.
Quarter Finals stage
Senegal 0-0 Cameroon (4-5 on penalties).
28 January in Franceville saw the Lions of Teranga facing the Indomitable Lions. A tense 0-0 result sent the two sides to decide the game on the always dreaded penalty shootouts. A spot kick miss from Sadio Mane left the talisman inconsolable with tears flowing down his face.
Vincent Aboubakar kept his cool to slot in the winner: Cameroon marched on...
Ghana 0-2 Cameroon
Ghana were waiting in the semi-finals. Cameroon’s superb beating of Ghana would be the time Broos’ team found their peak in Gabon.
Ngadeu-Ngadjui found the opener on 72 minutes, before Christian Bassogog put the final nail in the coffin with a 90th-minute winner to break Ghanaian hearts.
Egypt 1-2 Cameroon
Sunday 5 February in front of 38,250 fans in Libreville, the Indomitable Lions came back from behind to become African champions. Mohamed Elneny’s 23rd minute opener lasted until the 59th minute when Nicolas Nkoulou rose high to nod the equalizer.
The best moment of the tournament came on 59 minutes. Vincent Aboubakar used his chest to control a long diagonal pass before holding out to Egyptian defenders, lobbed Elneny… and bam he hit a beautiful volley into the net!
Cameroon champions of Africa!
AFCON: Cameroon 🇨🇲 are the 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations Champions! pic.twitter.com/MohRWCvYmC— Farhan Jimale (@farhanjimale) February 5, 2017