Cameroon wins AFCON after Aboubakar's late strike

With the scoreline reading 1-1 in the 88th minute, Vincent Aboubakar scored a stunner that helped Cameroon beat Egypt and clinch its fifth African Cup of Nations title.

Cameroon's forward Vincent Aboubakar celebrates after scoring the team's second goal.   -  AFP

Vincent Aboubakar came off the bench to score a stunning winner with two minutes left as Cameroon fought back from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 in a thrilling Africa Cup of Nations final in Libreville on Sunday .

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny had given Egypt the lead midway through the first half yesterday and Egypt looked to be on course to win an unrivalled eighth Cup of Nations crown in its first appearance at the tournament since 2010.

But Nicolas Nkoulou, who had come off the bench in the first half, headed in the equaliser just before the hour mark and his fellow substitute Aboubakar slammed in the winner in the 88th minute.

That sparked bedlam in a near-capacity crowd of more than 38,000 in Gabon’s capital, made up in its majority by Cameroonian supporters.

It is a fifth Cup of Nations crown for the Indomitable Lions, a first since 2002, and the first time it has beaten Egypt in the final in three attempts.

Egypt fell just short on its return to the competition after a seven-year absence, and the defeat will be especially painful for its coach Hector Cuper.

The Argentine was desperate to win a trophy after a career tainted by rotten luck in finals at club level, including back-to-back defeats in the UEFA Champions League with Valencia at the start of the last decade.

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