SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Senegal 0-0 Egypt
*Senegal win 4-2 on penalties
Senegal are the new champions of Africa after beating record holders Egypt 4-2 on penalties following a goalless draw at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon.
The Lions of Teranga dominated the game from the onset but were continuously denied by the Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed Abo Gabal Gabaski.
Going into the game, the hype hovered around Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who are currently the best players on the continent but had to face each other.
Three minutes into the game, Senegal were awarded a penalty by referee Victor Gomes after left back Saliou Ciss was brought down in the box by Mohamed Abdelmoneim.
Moments later, Mane had his powerful effort from the penalty mark saved by Gabaski following a tip from Salah to the Zamalek goalkeeper.
Gabaski continued to star in the game as it has been in the previous three knock out games while Senegal kept on pushing for a winning goal.
Egypt’s best chance came at the stroke of halftime as Salah forced goalkeeper Eduard Mendy into a brilliant save.
Heading into extra time, Gabaski brilliantly denied Bamba Dieng twice to ensure the game heads for a shoot out.
Egypt missed two shoot outs through Abdelmoneim who hit the left post as well as Mohanad Lasheen whose effort was saved by Mendy.
Senegal scored theirs through Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo, Bamba Dieng and Mane who scored the final and decisive kick.
Bouna Sarr had his penalty saved by Gabaski.
Ahmed Sayed Zizo and Marwan Hamdi scored the two penalties for Egypt.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse finally won the title having previously failed on two attempts, one as a player in 2002 and another in 2019 as a coach.
Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon was awarded the golden boot having scored eight goals while Mendy was named the best goalkeeper on account of his four clean sheets in the tournament.
Mane won the Most Valuable Player accolade.