Sadio Mane scored the winner as Senegal beat Egypt 4-2 on penalties in the 2022 Africa Cup Of Nations final in Cameroon.
Egypt made the final after knocking out the hosts on Thursday, following on from Senegal's 3-1 win over Burkina Faso the day before.
The contest, the 52nd in the tournament, was anything but a classic but featured a superb showing from Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal - more commonly known as 'Gabaski'.
Not even first-choice going into this tournament, the Zamalek shotstopper benefited from an injury and saved two penalties against Cameroon.
He continued his fine form with a superb performance in between the sticks, denying Sadio Mane from 12 yards with the help of his Liverpool teammate Mo Salah when Senegal were awarded an early penalty.
But there was redemption for Mane as he smashed in the winning spot-kick after Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saved from Mohanad Lasheen.
SADIO MANE WINS IT FOR SENEGAL!!! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/jtdB8hYXOJ— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) February 6, 2022
Senegal have won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time ever! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/eNKlmn3B0M— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) February 6, 2022
Mane sprinted away in celebration and was mobbed by his teammates after delivering their first ever AFCON title.
It was a particularly sweet moment for manager Aliou Cisse, who missed a penalty when they lost to Cameroon in the 2002 final.
Aliou Cissé has collapsed, on the ground weeping— Maher Mezahi (@MezahiMaher) February 6, 2022
This means so much to him pic.twitter.com/vU0Sp8nAeN
POETIC JUSTICE! 👏🏾— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) February 6, 2022
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. pic.twitter.com/J2uqDy2xAc
Egypt will be looking to get revenge next month as they face Senegal in the two-legged qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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