As the Curtains fell on the 32nd edition of the African Cup Of Nations, Algeria was crowned as the new kings of African football. The Desert Foxes beat Senegal 1-0 in a tightly contested final at the Cairo National Stadium.
The Desert Foxes were by far the best team in the tournament. Senegal came into this year’s event as the top-ranked team in Africa but lost to Algeria twice, once in the Group stage and again in the final, both times by a single goal.
It is a testament of Algeria’s dominance that they did not lose a single match all tournament and only conceded two goals. In fact, Djamel Belmadi’s team scored the first goal in all the matches they played. They are the only team that scored in all the matches they played.
The North Africans found the net a tournament-high 14 times in just 7 matches, an average of two goals per game. 5 clean sheets was also a tournament record but their defensive record is what stood out the most.
Rais Mbolhi was beaten just twice in the Algerian goal and deservedly took home the golden glove.
This was a team that was built to dominate their opponents and it was a job they did with aplomb. Despite Senegal having better individual players and ranking, Algeria’s performances since the tournament began proved that they were the worthy champions.