The 3 Greatest Moments in Afcon History
In its glorious 64-year history, the Africa Cup of Nations has provided us with some unforgettable moments that will forever be stamped in our minds. Here are three iconic moments worth revisiting for their sheer brilliance and the electric atmosphere they created at previous Afcon fixtures.
Angola 4-4 Mali
The opening round of the 2010 Afcon featured a classic comeback for the ages as hosts Angola played against Mali. Coached by their Portuguese coach Manuel Jose, the Angolan team, known by their fans as Palancas Negras, put on a clinical display and went up 4-0. At half-time, most pundits considered the result a foregone conclusion. But they were in for a surprise as Mali fought back to bring the match to equal terms with twelve minutes remaining. Eventually, the game ended in a richly deserved draw.
The early 2000s will always be remembered by Afcon fans as the time when Cameroon stamped its mark on the tournament. A young Samuel Eto’o, who would go on to have a legendary international and European career, was just beginning to show his prowess. He was helped by the experienced Rigobert Song as Cameroon won back-to-back Afcon championships in 2000 and 2002.
Three times in a row
Egypt has been one of the most successful and dominant teams in the history of the tournament. They are one of the leading squads, having lifted the trophy seven times during the tournament’s 64-year history. But what’s even more impressive is their streak of winning the tournament three times in a row with players such as Mohamed Aboutrika, Wael Gomaa, Essam El Hadary, and Ahmed Hassan, all of whom have become part of Egyptian folklore.
With the 2022 tournament around the corner, we’re in for another season of heated contests between some of Africa’s best football teams. Check out our Afcon bet predictions for all upcoming Afcon qualifiers!
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