Cameroon Wins 2017 African Cup of Nations

Cameroon wins the 31st African Cup of Nations in Gabon. Cameroon have surprisingly won the 2017 African Cup of Nations with barely an unknown squad which was played in Gabon. The competition is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and was first held in 1957. Since 1968, it has been held every two years. The origin of the African Nations Cup dates from June 1956, when the creation of the Confederation of African Football was proposed during the third FIFA congress in Lisbon . There were immediate plans for a continental tournament to be held and, in February 1957, the first African Cup of Nations was held in Khartoum, Sudan. Cameroon Wins 2017 African Cup of Nations

The winner of the 2017 African Cup of Nations will qualify to represent Africa in the 2017 FIFA Confederations cup to be held in Russia and Cameroon will be representing Africa in the 2017 FIFA Confederations cup.

Statistics and Awards:

Matches: 32 games

Goals: 66 goals

Goals per Game: 2.06 goals

Most Goals Scored: Burkina Faso

Least Goals Scored: Mali

Top scorer: Junior Kabananga (Congo DR) – 3 goals

Top Assist Maker: Floyd Ayite (Togo) – 2 assists

Best Player of the Tournament: Christian Bassogog

Fair Play Award: Egypt

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Fabrice Ondoa

Official Team of the tournament:

Goalkeeper:

Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon)

Defenders:

Modou Kara Mbodji (Senegal)

Ahmed Hegazy (Egypt)

Michael Ngadeu (Cameron)

Midfielders:

Charles Kabore (Burkina Faso)

Daniel Amartey (Ghana)

Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso)

Christian Atsu (Ghana)

Mohammad Salah (Egypt)

Strikers:

Christian Bassogog (Cameroon)

Junior Kabananga (DR Congo)

Total Competition Breakdown.

Group A

  1. Burkina Faso 5 pts
  2. Cameroon 5 pts
  3. Gabon 3 pts
  4. Guinea-Biasau 1 pt

Matches

14 Jan: Gabon 1-1 Guinea-Biasau

14 Jan: Burkina Faso 1-1 Cameroon

18 Jan: Gabon 1-1 Burkina Faso

18 Jan: Cameroon 2-1 Guinea-Biasau

22 Jan: Cameroon 0-0 Gabon

22 Jan: Guinea-Biasau 0-2 Burkina Faso

Group B

  1. Senegal 7 pts
  2. Tunisia 6 pts
  3. Algeria 2 pts
  4. Zimbabwe 1 pt

Matches

15 Jan: Algeria 2-2 Zimbabwe

15 Jan: Tunisia 0-2 Senegal

19 Jan: Algeria 1-2 Tunisia

19 Jan: Senegal 2-0 Zimbabwe

23 Jan: Senegal 2-2 Algeria

23 Jan: Zimbabwe 2-4 Tunisia

Group C 

  1. DR Congo 7 pts
  2. Morocco 6 pts
  3. Ivory Coast 2 pts
  4. Togo 1 pts

Matches

16 Jan: Ivory Coast 0-0 Togo

16 Jan: DR Congo 1-0 Morocco

20 Jan: Ivory Coast 2-2 DR Congo

20 Jan: Morocco 3-1 Togo

24 Jan: Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast

24 Jan: Togo 1-3 DR Congo

Group D

  1. Egypt 7 pts
  2. Ghana 6 pts
  3. Mali 2 pts
  4. Uganda 1 pt

Matches

17 Jan: Ghana 1-0 Uganda

17 Jan: Mali 0-0 Egypt

21 Jan: Ghana 1-0 Mali

21 Jan: Egypt 1-0 Uganda

25 Jan: Egypt 1-0 Ghana

25 Jan: Uganda 1-1 Mali

Quarter-Finals

28 Jan: Burkina Faso 2-0 Tunisia

28 Jan: Senegal 0-0 Cameroon (Cameroon wins 5-4 on penalties)

29 Jan: DR Congo 1-2 Ghana

29 Jan: Egypt 1-0 Morocco

Semi-final

1 Feb: Burkina Faso 1-1 Egypt (Egypt wins 4-3 on penalties)

2 Feb: Cameroon 2-0 Ghana

3rd Place Playoff

4 Feb: Burkina Faso 1-0 Ghana

Burkina Faso won the Bronze medal in the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

Final

5 Feb: Egypt 1-2 Cameroon

Cameroon won the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Egypt was awarded the silver medal. Cameroon was awarded $4 million as winners of the prestigious football competition in Africa. Below is the legendary Cameroonian squad that won the 2017 African Cup of Nations;

Goalkeepers

Jules Goda, Fabrics Ondoa, Georges Bokwe

Defenders

Fai Collins, Ernest Mabouka, Nicolas Nkoulou, Michael Ngadeu, Adolph Teikeu, Ambroise Oyongo, Mohammed Djetei, Jonathan Ngwen.

Midfielders

Sebastian Siani, Franck Boya, Georges Mandjeck, Arnaud Djoum, Christian Bassogog, Benjamin Moukandjo

Strikers

Vincent Aboubakar, Jacques Zoua, Clinton Njie, Edgar Salli, Toko Ekambi, Ndip Tambe

Coach: Hugo Broos

Cameroon is the most successful team football team in national teams football aside Egypt. Cameron have now won 5 African Cup of Nations trophy, in 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017 second to Egypt with 7 AFCON trophies and Ghana third with 4 AFCON trophies. Cameron is also among two countries in Africa that have reached the quarter finals of a FIFA world cup. Cameron is also the only African team that have reached the Final of the FIFA confederations cup in 2013 losing to France on penalties, Cameroon have once again qualified for their third FIFA Confederations cup in Russia to be held in June 2017.

Since 1970 that Cameroon first qualified for the African Cup of Nations, they have played a total of 80 games in the African Cup of Nations winning 40, drawing 25 and losing 15 games with a winning rate of 50%.  Cameron will host the next edition of the African Cup of Nations which will be in 2019. Cameron came to Gabon with a very youthful squad to prepare the players for the 2019 host and win AFCON campaign. Coach of Cameroon, Hugo Broos, admitted that they came to the 2017 African Cup of Nations with a preparatory team and they were surprised that they won the trophy. With the end of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, we wave a good bye to Gabon and are looking forward for Cameroon 2019.