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Cameroon Claims African Nations Soccer Cup Title, Beating Egypt 2-1


Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, center, watches as Cameroon's Nicolas Nkoulou, 2nd left, jumps to score his side's first goal during the African Cup of Nations final soccer match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l'Amitie, in Libreville, Gabon,

Cameroon beat seven-time champion Egypt 2-1 in the final match of African Nations Football Cup in Libreville, Gabon, Sunday. It is the fifth time for Cameroon to claim the trophy.

Egypt's midfielder Mohamed Elneny put his team ahead when he scored in the 25th minute of the first half.

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi telephoned the team during the half-time break to voice his support after Elneny netted the goal, Egyptian media reported.

In the second half, Cameroon's Nicolas Nkoulou leveled the score with a brilliant header, then Vincent Aboubakar scored the decisive goal about three minutes before the final whistle.

Cameroon players celebrate with the trophy after winning the African Cup of Nations final soccer match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l'Amitie, in Libreville, Gabon, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Cameroon won 2-1.
Cameroon players celebrate with the trophy after winning the African Cup of Nations final soccer match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l'Amitie, in Libreville, Gabon, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Cameroon won 2-1.


Support for the Egyptian team was little noticed as the majority of the nearly 40,000 soccer fans who packed up the stadium in Gabon's capital, Libreville, supported Cameroon.

Egyptian soccer fans in Shubra district, Cairo, feel upset after Cameroon defeated Egypt in the African Nations Cup final in Gabon, Sunday, Feb 5, 2017. (H. Elrasam/VOA)
Egyptian soccer fans in Shubra district, Cairo, feel upset after Cameroon defeated Egypt in the African Nations Cup final in Gabon, Sunday, Feb 5, 2017. (H. Elrasam/VOA)

An Egyptian young man cries in Shubra, Cairo, after Egypt lost 1-2 to Cameroon in the African Nations Soccer Cup final in Gabon, Sunday, Feb 5, 2017. (H. Elrasam/VOA)
An Egyptian young man cries in Shubra, Cairo, after Egypt lost 1-2 to Cameroon in the African Nations Soccer Cup final in Gabon, Sunday, Feb 5, 2017. (H. Elrasam/VOA)

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