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Celebrations in Cameroon after Afcon win



There have been celebrations across Cameroon after the country’s football team won the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), coming from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 in last night’s final in Libreville. 

It was the fifth Afcon win for the Indomitable Lions, making them the second most successful nation in the competition’s history – behind Egypt. It was also the first time, in three attempts, they had beaten the Pharaohs in the final.

Substitute Vincent Aboubakar swept in the winning goal two minutes from time, flicking the ball over defender Ali Gabr and thumping it home.

Nicolas Nkoulou had earlier equalised for Cameroon, in a header on the hour mark.

The equaliser cancelled out Mohamed Elneny’s opener on 22 minutes with a beautifully taken near-post strike.

The wild celebrations for Aboubakar’s winner announced Cameroon’s return to the continental summit, after a 15-year wait since their last title.

Cameroonians celebrating in Yaounde

Cameroon fans celebrating

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Samson Siasia Get’s Life-ban by Fifa



Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has been banned for life and fined $50,000 by Fifa for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches.’

Siasia was coach of Nigeria between 2010-2011 and for a spell in 2016 but the time period when Fifa believes he committed his infractions is unclear.

He has also served as coach of the country’s Under-20 and Under-23 sides.

In a statement, Siasia was found ‘guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.’

The sanction stems from an ongoing ‘large-scale investigation’ Fifa is conducting into the behaviour of Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer from Singapore.

He is the third African to be banned by Fifa for his links to Perumal after former Sierra Leone FA official Abu Bakarr Kabba and former Botswana FA official Mooketsi Kgotlele were suspended in July for five years and for life respectively.

A former international, Siasia won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, for whom he played over 50 times while scoring 16 goals.

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