Senegal crowned as Africa Cup of Nations champion

Senegal made history by winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time by beating Egypt in the final thanks to a penalty shootout after the original and extra time ended in a goalless draw.

Senegal won their first title after beating Egypt on penalties (4-2) after the original and extra time ended in a goalless draw on Sunday in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Sadio Mane missed the most dangerous chances of the game early by wasting a penalty with in seventh minute where Mohamed Abu Jabal blocked his powerful shot, but he managed to settle the match by scoring the fifth penalty, which ended the meeting that saw Egypt waste two penalties to one for Senegal.

Senegal have never won the Africa Cup of Nations after failing to in the finals on two occasions, first on penalties against Cameroon in 2002 and second against Algeria in the last edition.

Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar was crowned with the golden boot of the Africa Cup of Nations goalscorer, while the award for the best player of the tournament went to Senegalese Sadio Mane and the best goalkeeper to his compatriot Edouard Mendy.

Aboubakar scored 8 goals and helped Cameroon to third place. Mendy, who was crowned the best goalkeeper in the world according to FIFA, led Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations title for the first time in the country’s history, beating Egypt on penalties.

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