The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in Africa. Over the years, it has produced some truly nail-biting and memorable finals that have kept fans on the edge of their seats. In this article, we will take a look at the top 5 AFCON finals that have provided thrilling moments and unforgettable drama.
1. Egypt vs Cameroon (1986)
The 1986 AFCON final between Egypt and Cameroon was a classic encounter that showcased the resilience and determination of both teams. With the score tied at 0-0 after extra time, the match went into penalties. It was a nerve-wracking shootout, with both teams displaying incredible composure. In the end, Cameroon emerged victorious, winning 5-4 on penalties.
2. Nigeria vs Zambia (1994)
The 1994 AFCON final between Nigeria and Zambia was a rollercoaster of emotions. Nigeria took an early lead, but Zambia fought back and equalized in the second half. The match went into extra time, and just when it seemed like it would go to penalties, Nigeria’s Emmanuel Amuneke scored a dramatic last-minute goal to secure a 2-1 victory for his team.
3. Ivory Coast vs Ghana (2015)
The 2015 AFCON final between Ivory Coast and Ghana was a tense and thrilling affair. After a goalless draw in regular time and extra time, the match went to a penalty shootout. Both teams showed incredible nerves of steel, but it was Ivory Coast who eventually triumphed, winning 9-8 on penalties. The match is remembered for its high drama and the sheer quality of the penalties taken.
4. Egypt vs Algeria (2010)
The 2010 AFCON final between Egypt and Algeria was a highly anticipated clash between two footballing powerhouses. The match was tightly contested, with both teams creating numerous chances. In the 85th minute, Egypt’s Mohamed Gedo scored the winning goal, securing a 1-0 victory for his team. The tension and excitement throughout the match made it a nail-biting final.
5. South Africa vs Tunisia (1996)
The 1996 AFCON final between South Africa and Tunisia was a historic moment for South African football. It was their first appearance in the tournament, and they faced a strong Tunisian side. The match ended in a 2-2 draw after extra time, and it was decided by a penalty shootout. South Africa held their nerve and won 2-0 on penalties, becoming champions in their own backyard.
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