Cameroon wins their fifth African Cup of Nations after a wait of fifteen years. Vincent Aboubakar late goal wins the heart of Cameroon fans as they did something unexpected. It was a great joy for the Cameroon manager Hugo Bross who brought major changes in the Cameroon side. The old Cameroon side needed changes in the squad and Broos was quick to identify it early. Many stars of the Cameroon current generation opted to stay with their clubs, despite this Broos had the confidence in his side and his faith brought fruit for the Cameroon. They defeated strong Egypt side 2-1 to win their fifth African Cup of Nations.
Cameroon ?? are the 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations Champions! Congratulations Indomitable Lions ?! #AFCON2017
— AFCON 2017 (@AFCON_2017) February 5, 2017
Hugo Broos and his 23 friends (whole squad), didn’t find it difficult to win the African Nations Cup, as Broos made it clear we worked together as a family. Broos told BBC Sports,“I don’t have 23 players, i have 23 friends.”
“Over the weeks we went from being a squad to becoming a family. It’s unbelievable what all the guys did. It is tremendous. This was the reason we won the Cup, because of the spirit in our camp. The guys who were on the bench were happy — and the players who came off the bench decided the game.”
Strong Egypt side led by Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny & Roma’s Mohamed Salah were favourite to win the final as they become the eventual finalists alongside Cameroon. Egypt also took the first half lead with the help of Elneny goal, but it was Cameroon spirited squad who wins the heart of global fans. Their second-half substitutions Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar finds a hole in Egypt defence at the right time and leads their squad to fifth African Nations Cup.
Seven players refused to play for the national team including Liverpool star Joel Matip and West Brom Allan Nyom, but Broos shown confidence in his 23 friends picked up for the AFCON 2017. They evolved as a family over the last three weeks and weaved the magic of a family. Cameroon stays true to the family bonding and did something unexpected with Hugo Broos proving his mettle at the helm.