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Senegal: AFCON Champions 2021

Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly lifts the AFCON trophy. Image by CAF Online

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Senegal: AFCON Champions 2021

The Lions of Terenga beat Egypt in a penalty shootout to emerge champions of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 edition hosted by Cameroon.

Senegal missed a chance of taking an early lead after Sadio Mane’s seventh minute spot kick was saved by Egyptian goalie Mohamed Gabaski.

Both sides couldn’t break the deadlock within the 90 minutes of play before they headed to another goalless extra time calling for a shoot-out.

Egypt’s Mohamed Abdelmonem sent his penalty to the woodwork before Gabaski saved Ismaila Sarr’s kick to keep both sides levelled in the shoot-out.

Chelsea and Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy punched Mohamad Lasheen’s penalty to limit Egypt’s chances of lifting the 8th AFCON title as Liverpool forward Sadio Mane stepped out to make amends for his first half penalty miss.

Under Aliou Cissé Senegal have won their first ever AFCON after loosing the 2019 edition to Algeria and they are the fifteenth different nation to win the competition.

Awards
•Edouard Mendy – Goalkeeper of the tournament.
•Vincent Aboubakar – Golden Boot (Top Scorer)
•Sadio Mane – Most Valuable Player (MVP)

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