That’s it, after several weeks the CAN is over, between a few small organizational problems and crazy matches, this edition will have made an impression.
After a close match against Egypt, it was finally Senegal who won the first CAN in their history (and we are very happy).
A little throwback to the most significant moments of this edition, because yes, there were and many.
1. Gabadinho Mhango’s incredible goal against Morocco
- 1 1. Gabadinho Mhango’s incredible goal against Morocco
- 2 2. The Cameroon-Burkina small final, one of the most beautiful matches of the competition
- 3 3. Toto Ekambi and Aboubakar double against Ethiopia
- 4 4. Comoros against Cameroon in the round of 16
- 5 5. Equatorial Guinea who knew how to make their way through a complicated group
- 6 6. The beautiful course of The Gambia
- 7 7. The first CAN with video assistance
- 8 8. The Olembé stadium, one of the most beautiful enclosures in Africa and the atmosphere in Cameroonian cities
- 9 9. Sadio Mané, voted best player of the tournament
- 10 10. Arbitration errors that make you happy
Gabadinho Mhango, a player who was originally unknown, becomes the hero of Malawi thanks to a spectacular goal shot from more than 35m which ends in the top corner of the Moroccan goal. He had already achieved a double against Zimbabwe, and with his performances, he will have marked this edition. Well seen the artist.
2. The Cameroon-Burkina small final, one of the most beautiful matches of the competition
Led 3-0 by Burkina Faso until the 71st minute, Cameroon, the host country of this CAN, knew how to keep a cool head and snatch the equalizer, at the end of an incredible match, surely the most thrilling of this editing. Thanks to a double from Vincent Aboubakar, the team came back to the score and managed to make the difference during the penalty shootout, to finish humbly on the third step of the podium. A little rage not to go to the final while the tournament is at home, but to arrive in 3rd is already not bad.
3. Toto Ekambi and Aboubakar double against Ethiopia
Thanks to the center of Far, Toto Ekambi manages to score his first goal in a CAN final phase. And the show continues in this beautiful show of force from Cameroon: another perfect cross from Fai, and another goal from Aboubakar.
Finally the two players will offer two beautiful doubles at the end of this match which will give a lot of confidence to the Cameroon team for the rest of the competition.
4. Comoros against Cameroon in the round of 16
This match will remain legendary for several reasons. First of all because even after being tested negative on the morning of the match, Ali Ahamada was not authorized to play the match, so it is a defender who will take his place in goal: Chaker Alhadhur. In addition to this, from the 7th minute the player Nadjim Abdou takes a red card and the Comoros find themselves at 10 against 11. Despite this disadvantage the Comoros will not disassemble, and will even scare Cameroon. The match will end with 2 goals to 1 for the host country, which will have had a good opponent against them.
5. Equatorial Guinea who knew how to make their way through a complicated group
In a group with Algeria, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea seemed to be among those who would go no further in the competition. And finally, with an impressive victory against Algeria, the Guineans were able to extricate themselves from a rather complicated group. Even stronger: it was at the end of the penalty shootout that Equatorial Guinea qualified for the quarter-finals against Mali.
It is finally against Senegal, future winner, that the Guineans will be eliminated. In short, a very good course for this small country.
6. The beautiful course of The Gambia
The Gambia also made an impression during this tournament. It was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Cameroon (2-0) after a superb run for a country which was participating in its first CAN final phase.
The Gambians stop at the gates of the last four, but will have impressed the public with their performance, and that’s what we like at CAN.
7. The first CAN with video assistance
If we dismiss the few refereeing errors, it should be noted that this edition of the AFCON was the very first with video assistance.
Video assistance was first adopted during AFCON in 2019, but it was only implemented from the quarter-finals. This edition, the 52 matches were covered by this technology. “Developing refereeing and producing world-class referees in Africa being one of Caf’s top priorities, the implementation of Var for all matches in Cameroon is a step in the right direction”explained the supreme body of African football.
8. The Olembé stadium, one of the most beautiful enclosures in Africa and the atmosphere in Cameroonian cities
With its millions of supporters, fan zones and a hailed opening ceremony, this edition of the CAN has created a real atmosphere throughout the country, and even the entire continent. There were hiccups in the organisation, in particular the quality of the pitches for certain matches, but the Olembé stadium with its 60,000 seats caught the attention of supporters and the media, this stadium being surely one of of the finest on the continent.
After 50 years of waiting, Cameroon finally proudly hosted this edition which was threatened by the health crisis and political instability.
9. Sadio Mané, voted best player of the tournament
Sadio Mané was voted best player of this African Cup of Nations. The Senegalese striker has scored three goals and made two assists in this competition.
However, at the start of the final, the fate presented itself badly: Mané misses a penalty which could have saved his team such an undecided match. It was when taking the decisive penalty of the match that he knew how to make the difference and did not hesitate: it was therefore Mané’s right foot, which would give Senegal their first triumph.
At the end of his career, Sadio Mané is elected best player of CAN 2022, it is well deserved.
10. Arbitration errors that make you happy
How to end this top if not by recalling the refereeing error that marked the tournament. We saw this image everywhere: the sunstroke (apparently) of referee Janny Sikazwe during the Mali-Tunisia match, which ended before the regulation 90 minutes.
Mali comes out satisfied and Tunisia is very frustrated, but these are things that happen (or not) and it is true that it is particularly hot in Cameroon, we can understand that…