By Ngain Steve Jordan
The 32nd edition of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has just ended in Egypt. A very Physical Final between Senegal and Algeria with Algeria coming out 1-0 victors after and early strike from Algeria’s number 9 Baghdad Bounedjah cruelly deflected into the net by a Senegalese defender. This us therefore the 2nd AFCON Trophy for Algeria after their first in 1990
In total 24 teams are participed in the tournament for the first time in history, making it the biggest yet, and the first to be played during Europe’s summer after the Confederation of African Football moved it from its traditional January/February slot.
The change meant the tournament was no longer competing for viewers or players with the Premier League whose season ended in May.
AFCON is the main international association football competition in Africa. It was first held in 1957 and since 1968 has been held every two years.
Here’s all you need to know about this year’s tournament:
-A total of 104 goals were been scored in 52 matches played in the tournament. 68 goals were scored in the group phase while 36 goals were scored at the Knockout phases of this year’s Africa cup of Nations in Egypt and Surprisingly, two nations Burundi and Guinea-Bissau failed to score a goal in all the three matches they played in the AFCON.
-Odion Ighalo won the Golden boot after netting 5 goals and 1 assist provided in this years competition While Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Algeria’s Adam Ounas, Algerian captain Riyad Mahrez, and Cedric Bakambu of the DRC all had 3 goals to their names.
-A total of 173 yellow cards have been issued by referees at this year’s Africa cup of nation with 5 red cards recorded.
-The desert foxes of Algeria scored the most number of goals at the Africa cup of nations in Egypt. The north African country has 13 goals with 2 goals conceded and in the group stages of the competition kept three clean sheets in their 3 played. They were absolutely Steel and no doubt Crowned champions.
Cameroon 🇨🇲 will host the 33rd Edition of AFCON in 2021.