By Musisi Yiga John Updated at 0813 EAT on FEB 7th 2022
The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations is in the books and Senegal are champions for the first time in the country’s history. The Teranga Lion outlasted 7-time champion Egypt in the final in Olembé stadium of Yaoundé on Sunday, winning a penalty kick shootout (4-2) after the two sides were scoreless through 120 minutes. It’s the first ever AFCON title for Senegal, who denied Egypt their eighth championship.
Cameroon, the hosts, defeated Burkina Faso for third place
20 years ago as captain of Senegal, Aliou Cisse and the Teranga Lions lost to Cameroon in the AFCON 2002 final and now in Cameroon, he leads Senegal to their first ever AFCON trophy as coach.
Success might delay but it can never be denied with consistency.
This victory crowns an entire tournament for Mané’s teammates. Starting in the 4th minute, Mohamed Abou Gabal, the Egyptian goalkeeper, made a save. This missed penalty did not get the fingers of the Senegalese burnt. Despite a 58% ball possession Senegalese faced a phenomenal Egyptian goalkeeper.
Tied 0-0 by the end of the second half, the two teams had to come back on the pitch. During extra-time goal-scoring chances on both sides didn’t turned into actual goals.
The penalty shoot-out eventually settled the squads. With two miss from the penalty spot, Egypt lost to the Senegal.
Sadio Mané and his team offer the 16 million Senegalese their very first African Cup of Nations title.