Cameroon celebrated a happy ending at the Africa Cup of Nations thanks to a splendid race to catch up.
The hosts won the match for third place 5-3 on penalties against Burkina Faso with Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba. There was no extension. In regular time, Cameroon had turned a 0:3 deficit into a 3:3 (0:2).
Steeve Yago (24′), Andre Onana (43′, own goal) and Djibril Ouattara (49′) scored for Burkina Faso. Bayern striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting did not play for Cameroon, for which Stephane Bahoken (72′) and Vincent Aboubakar (85’/88′) forced penalties with their late goals.
The whistle for the bronze medal match was originally planned for three hours before the final on Sunday evening. However, the overlap in timing required police forces in two locations in the city of Yaoundé and also created protocol issues as CAF officials would likely not have been able to present the third-place finishers’ medals and arrive in time for the final kick-off.
Record winner Egypt will fight for the title on Sunday (8:00 p.m. / DAZN) in the Olembe Stadium for superstar Mohamed Salah and Senegal with Salah’s Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane.