Senegal emerged African Champions on Sunday night by defeating Egypt in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final in Cameroon, the first time ever for the West African country.
Sadio Mane secured a 4-2 victory for Senegal with a penalty kick after the match ended 0-0 after about two hours of football.
Mane and his teammates starting on the front foot and creating the early chance was not surprising and barely four minutes into the game, The Teranga Lions won a penalty kick.
Mane had earlier lost a penalty kick in the first half as it was saved by the Egyptian goalkeeper, Gabasky.
Gabasky did not only save Mane’s spot kick but made several other saves to deny Senegal the chance of winning.
However, Mane still made the difference for Senegal, scoring the decisive penalty kick that installed the Teranga Lions as newest winners of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Lions and Pharaohs had played 120 minutes of football with no goal before the lottery of penalty kicks was used to decide the winner.
Kalidou Koulibaly scored the first penalty for Senegal while Ahmed Zizo scored the same for Egypt. Abdou Diallo scored the second penalty for Senegal while Mohamed Abdel-Moneim failed to score the second penalty for Egypt.
Bouna Sarr wasted the third penalty for Senegal while Marwan Hamdi scored the third penalty for Egypt. However, while Bamba Dieng scored the fourth penalty for Senegal, Mohanad Lasheen missed the fourth penalty for Egypt. It was then left for Mane to take the decisive kick which he did not disappoint.
Having come close in 2002 and 2019, Senegal is third time lucky. Egypt on the other hand remains the continent’s most successful team as far as AFCON is concerned with seven titles to their name.