It was a remarkable day for Clemens Westerhof’s men and Emmanuel Amuneke’s double is one fans of the Eagles will never forget.
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JOEL TIEHI TREBLE AGAINST SIERRA LEONE
Defending champions Cote d’Ivoire began their title defence on a breath-taking note, defeating Sierra Leone 4-1 at Stade Olympique de Sousse, Sousse. The man who stole the show of the day was Joel Tiehi who hit three past the Leone Stars, rendering Chris Kamara’s opener as mere consolation. The hat-trick not only stood as the one in Tunisia but the eighth in the history of the championship.
EGYPT’S DEMOLITION OF GABON
The Pharaohs came to Tunisia as one of the contenders – which they made known in their opening game versus the Panthers. Goals from Ayman Mansour, Hamza El-Gamal and Bashir Abdel Samad's brace handed the north African at Stade Chedli Zouiten, Tunis. The Egyptians were sent parking in the quarter-final but the result stood as the highest scoring game of that competition.
AMUNEKE’S DOUBLE IN THE FINAL VS. ZAMBIA
Calling Emmanuel Amuneke the mastermind of Nigeria’s second Afcon triumph will not be out of place considering the role against Zambia in the final. Coming into the game, the striker had gone on a goal drought, but against Chipolopolo – he rediscovered his scoring form and that was the tonic the Super Eagles needed to subdue the Zambians who took the lead in the third minute through Elijah Litana.
YEKINI DOUBLES AGAINST ZAIRE AND GABON
Rasheed Yekini was named Most Valuable Player of the competition and also went away with the topscorer’s prize with five goals. To achieve this feat, he had to score two goals on two occasions to beat closest challenger Joel Tiehi. His first brace came in the opening game against Gabon while his second was in the quarter-final against Zaire – where the Super Eagles triumphed 2-0.