African Nations Cup: a Cameroonian era … Egyptian brilliance and first title for Algeria and Ivory Coast

Nicosia: Under the leadership of a golden generation led by Roger Milla, Cameroon began the African Cup of Nations winning streak in the 1980s, reaching the final three times in a row, winning the title in 1984. and in 1988, while Algeria crowned its efforts, with a wonderful generation too, with its first titles in 1990. After falling short of the first round of the 1982 World Cup, the “Untamed Lions” team won his first continental title in Ivory Coast in 1984, defeating Nigeria 3 -1 in final, and before that Algeria on penalties. The host country, Cote d’Ivoire, took a hard hit coming out of the first round after losing to Egypt 1-2 and Cameroon 0-2 respectively, and also waved goodbye in advance the sample in charge of Ghana. Algeria finished third by beating Egypt 3-1. * For the third time in its history, brilliance of the Pharaohs, Egypt hosted a final characterized by the lack of goals (31 in 16 games), where defensive intransigence was evident. The final between Egypt and Cameroon was the best proof of this, with the end of the first half and extra time in goalless tie, before Egypt decided the matter in their favor with 5-4 penalties. Ivory Coast finished third with a 3-2 win over Morocco. The “pharaohs”, led by Mahmoud Al-Khatib, Mustafa Abdo and Taher Abu Zeid, began their careers with a 1-0 defeat to Senegal, before overcoming the setback and racing towards the third title. the first in 27 years old, while Cameroon and top scorer Roger Milla (4) were satisfied with second position. Morocco hosted the sixteenth edition in 88, and was one of the most successful candidates in view for the title, especially after they were the first African and Arab team to make it through the first round of the World Cup Finals in Mexico in 1986. But the wind blew into what the host team did not want, which included goalkeeper Badou Zaki and Aziz Bouderbala, eliminated. in semi-final by Cameron Milla, who won the title by beating Nigeria on Emmanuel Conde’s penalty. Morocco finished fourth, losing to Algeria 3-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. At that time, which accompanied his participation in the World Cup twice in 1982, when he defeated West Germany and in 1986, Algeria emerged without winning the title, finishing fourth in 1982 and third in 1984 and 1988, before the milestone expected in 1990. – First title for desert warriors – Algeria won first African title After hosting the 1990 edition, it started with a big win over Nigeria 5-1. Then the two teams found themselves in the match final, and the Algerian team renewed the 1-0 victory with the goals of Sherif and Jani, at the French time of Sochaux, and a pass by Moussa Sayeb, in front of more than one hundred thousand spectators at the “March 5” stadium, for become the fourth Arab team to win the title. The “Desert Warriors” team was led by Rabah Majer and Gamal Munad, and Egypt participated in the reserve team, because the former was preparing for the World Cup finals which were in program in Italy, so he lost his three games and left empty-handed. Zambia finished third, beating Senegal 1-0. Wajani talked about the final: “I missed two goals against Senegal (2-1) in semifinal. In the countryside they wanted to cut off my head. Despite popular pressure, the coach kept the starting lineup. “* The first Ivory Coast title after a marathon on penalties. The number of participants has risen to 12 teams out of 92 in Senegal. The Ivory Coast entered the record of the tournament for the first time in its history, after a historic final match that ended with the “Elephants” victory over Ghana with an 11-10 penalty kicks marathon, noting that both teams took 24 kicks in 42 minutes. The Ivory Coast deserved to win because they defeated the champion by three goals in charge of Algeria and eliminated in final Zambia, Cameroon and Ghana, without conceding a goal, to crown his goalkeeper, Alain Guamené, best player of the tournament. Ghana played the final without their star Abedi Pele due to the accumulation of yellow cards. The tournament saw the elimination of Arab teams, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco respectively, from the first round, noting that Egypt have not scored any goals after two years of good World Cup performance in Italy. * Tunisia fails in home Tunisia disappointed its fans when they came out empty-handed in the first round in 94, and were slated to win the title alongside Nigeria and Ghana. But Tunisia made up for it with its successful organization of the tournament, which was unanimously agreed by all major sports officials, led by former Brazilian International Federation president Joao Havelange and Spanish Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch. Nigeria, led by bulldozer Rashidi Yekini and talented Augustin Okocha, dominated the championship and managed to clinch their second title after 1980, defeating Zambian surprise championship 2-1 and its captain Kalusha Bwalya thanks to Emmanuel Amuneki. Egypt were eliminated in the quarter-finals against Mali with a goal, while Morocco did not qualify, while neighboring Algeria was excluded. (AFP)

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