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AFCON 2021

The AFCON Diary: Senegal Win their First Ever AFCON Title

The AFCON Diary: Senegal Win their First Ever AFCON Title
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Senegal have finally won an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title after two previous attempts that all came in the last two decades ended in futility.

Senegal who was making a second consecutive appearance into the final dispatched Egypt 4-2 in the post-match penalty shootouts to lay their hands on the crown after the match ended in a goalless draw in both regulation and extra time.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane scored the winning penalty to spark wild celebrations in Dakar as head coach Aliou Cisse was swept off his feet for the historic triumph.

Cisse had made it to the final twice; in 2002 as the captain of the Lions of Teranga and in 2019 as the head coach, but lost both to Cameroon and Algeria respectively and needed the win probably more than anyone else.

The 29-year-old made up for his seventh-minute penalty miss, by dispatching the winning spot-kick past Egyptian heroic goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal alias Gabaski who denied him a chance to put Senegal ahead inside seven minutes.

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Senegal has now made 15 appearances at the continental championship, made it to the finals thrice and won the title once.

Egypt has qualified a record 25 times, made it to the finals a record 10 times and won the title a record seven times, including three successive titles; 2006, 2008 and 2010.

The Pharaohs have however lost the last two finals they have been in 2017 against Cameroon in Gabon and 2022 against Senegal in Cameroon.

Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar won the golden boot for his eight goals in six matches he played at the tournament while Mane was crowned the best player at the biennial championship.

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who was in goal for Senegal was named the goalkeeper of the tournament.

The 34th and next edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals will be held in Ivory Coast in June-July 2023.

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