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Senegal End 57-Years Afcon Drought

They waited for 57 years to finally win the prestigious Africa cup of nations   after two failed  attempts in 2002 and 2019.

The Teranga lions were crowned champions of Africa last night at the 2021 Cameroon afcon after beating Seven time champions Egypt 4-2 on penalty shootouts  following a goal less draw in regulation and extra time. 

Senegal dominated through the match without scoring a goal with a penalty missed by Sadio Mané in the 4th minute of play, Saliou Ciss having been brought down in the penalty area of ​​Egypt. Mané’s penalty was saved by shoots Egyptian goalkeeper Gabaski who emerged man of the match after making seven saves to deny senegal a goal in open play.

When Egypt conceded a penalty in the fourth minute, Mohamed Salah went up to his Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal alas Gabaski and was telling him where Sadio Mane would put the penalty kick.

Funny enough Mane who is also Salah’s teammate at Liverpool walked to the two and appeared to tell Gabaski where he was going to put the penalty kick and pointed to the right corner. Salah then tried to tell the goalkeeper something else as Mane walked away.

Moments later Mane smashed the penalty kick straight down the middle as Gabaski saved it.

However, despite missing a golden opportunity to put his country in the lead,Liverpool striker mané stepped up to take the winning penalty for his country. 

Mané was also named the player of the tournament while Eduard Mendy was named Goalkeeper of the tournament with Cameroon’s striker Vincent Aboubakar walking away with the  golden boot after finishing the tournament with eight goals to his name. \

Senegal who made their debut at the Africa cup of nations  in 1965 have finally won their first ever Afcon trophy to become the 15th country to win the tournament.

They also became the first African country to win afcon all their players in their squad based in Europe.

Published by Calvin Kaumba Chikenge

I am a journalist. passionate about culture , sports and developmental story writing.

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