Algeria crowned the winner of the African Cup of Nations after beating Senegal 1-0 thanks to first minute goal from Baghdad Bounedjah which took a wicked deflection to enter into the back of the net.
The Algerians had to wait for 29 years to secure the biggest Africa’s prize again when they won 1-0 against Senegal. Some of these players were not even born at that time. This is their second time ever to claim the prize.
Senegal put in a massive display, ranking highest in possession and chances created but could not really get past the Algerians and they will have to wait until next time to try their luck for the AFCON tournament which they’ve never won before.
It was the first time since 1998 that two African coaches would compete in the final and Algeria manager Djamel Belmadi inherited just over a year ago a side that failed to get out of the group stage of this same tournament two years ago, only for him to triumph excellently without losing any match in this time around.
Ismael Bennacer, the Algeria midfielder was named the player of the tournament for his key role in helping his side to greatness.
Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo claimed the golden boot following his five goals in the tournament after which he announced his retirement from international football.
After Segun Odegbami, Rasheed Yekini, Julius Aghaowa, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and Emmanuel Emenike, Ighalo is the sixth Nigerian to win the highest goalscorer of the African Cup of Nations tournament.
All in all, Algeria won the African Cup of Nations, Senegal are runner up and Nigeria took the bronze medal.
Senegal’s Hope of first AFCON title was again dashed by Algeria.