Les Fennecs of Algeria have emerged winners of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, beating the Terranga Lions of Senegal by 1-0 to clinch the prestigious trophy for the second time in their history.
The Desert Foxes who had previously beaten the Senegalese by a lone goal in the group stage of this year’s tournament, secured the only goal of the final after just 79 seconds into the game through a deflected shot by striker, Baghdad Bounedjah – the quickest final goal in the history of the competition. The West Africans on the other hand, went on to dominate for the remainder of the match but were unable to find an equalizing goal, handing the Algerians the most prestigious prize in African football for the first time in 29 years.
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Djamel Belmadi Boys reached the final of the competition after defeating the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 in a tension soaked semi-final match, with previous victories at the Quarter final against Cote d’ Ivoire 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time anda 3 – 0 sinking of Guinea’s Syli Nationale in the round of 16.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt is the 32nd edition of the continental showpiece and is the first that was expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Political Journalist, Analyst and Social Change Advocate with major interest in Nigerian Politics, Governance and Sports.