We did our best at the Nations Cup, says tearful Warda

Fourteen of the members of the team are attending their first African Cup of Nations. This time around, it may well be a story of two.

Egypt, journey to the final saw the finish top of a potentially tricky Group D containing the like of Ghana, Uganda and Mali, before squeezing past Morocco at the quarterfinal stage.

El Hadary, Gabr, El Mohamady, A Hegazy, A Fathi, Hamed, M Elneny, El Said, M Trezeguet, Warda, M Salah.

Since then they have beaten Ghana in their final group game and Morocco in the quarters, before conceding for the first time in their semifinal against Burkina Faso, which ended in a 11 draw. On Christmas Eve the year prior - in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde - Fabrice Ondoa was born.

As such, both sides are surprising (since they haven't been AFCON-relevant for a few years) and unsurprising (since they are regular visitors to summit of African soccer) finalists at this tournament. Ondoa has proved an athletic, fearless presence underpinning a side notable for its youthful vigour.

"There can be no expectations, no one can say how it will go and there are no favourites", the Argentine coach began.

"You see the result".

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This tournament really needs a good final, because it has not been the best.

Cameroon was unspectacular in the first half of action but showed enough to suggest they had the tools to work their way back into the match.

Cameroon will join Australia, Chile, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and hosts Russian Federation at the tournament, which runs from 17 June to 2 July.

How will Broos seek to break through them?

That goal set up an exciting final, with Cameroon looking the more likely to score.

"I have spent a good managerial stint in Italy and learned many things there".

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