Aboutreika scores to give Egypt win over Cameroon
ACCRA, Ghana -- Egypt won its sixth African Cup of Nations title, and second in a row, by beating Cameroon 1-0 behind Mohamed Aboutreika's goal in the final Sunday.
Aboutreika scored in the 77th minute, converting Mohamed Zidan's cross for his fourth goal of the tournament.
Cameroon coach Otto Pfister had been trying to become only the second German to win the African title. It was his second attempt after leading Ghana to the 1992 final against Ivory Coast.
Winfried Schafer won the 2002 title with Cameroon.
Using Samuel Eto'o as a lone striker, Cameroon created few chances in the match.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Ghanian President John Kufuor and former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho attended the match.
It was a crucial error from Rigobert Song that led to Aboutreika's goal.
The Cameroon captain had two chances to clear the ball but got tangled in a needless duel with Zidan and lost the ball. Zidan squared it perfectly and Aboutreika finished powerfully in the bottom right corner.
Realizing his error, Song pulled his shirt into his mouth and pointed to the skies, as if seeking forgiveness. Goalkeeper Carlos Kameni ran over and comforted Song.
Cameroon struggled to get shots on goal and there was no player on hand to turn home Stephane M'Bia's cross in the 83rd. Song had a chance in injury time but headed Geremi's cross over.
Egypt dominated the second half, negating the threat from Eto'o, who received hardly any passes and failed to score for the third straight match.
Hosni Abd Rabou hit the post with a header from Amr Zaky's cross in the 62nd as the Indomitable Lions tired.
Kameni burst into tears at the final whistle and had to be comforted by Eto'o. Defender Augustin Binya dropped to his knees and gazed into the distance as Egypt's players rolled on the field and hugged in celebration.