The most successful team in Africa Cup of Nations history, Egypt (eight finals, seven titles) meets the third (-ish) most succesful - Cameroon (six finals, four titles) in the 2017 AFCON final.
This is a grudge match of sorts, at least for Cameroon: those two occasions the Indomitable Lions have been to the final and not won the AFCON title were both occasions when they lost to Egypt. The last time these team met at this stage of Africa's showpiece international tournament was 2008, when Egypt was in the middle of a hat-trick of AFCON wins. The time before that, in 1986, the Pharaohs spoiled Cameroon's shot at an AFCON three-peat (the Lions won the 1984 and and 1988 titles).
So these teams have history and, having won 11 and contested 14 of the 30 AFCON titles settled to date, they are collectively a significant part of the history of the tournament and African soccer in general.
Both sides have spent the last few years enduring relatively hard times by their own standards. Egypt has missed the last three AFCON tournaments - a remarkable drop-off from having won the three last for which it qualified (2006, 2008, and 2010). Cameroon hasn't done much better: the Lions missed out on the 2012 and 2013 editions, and didn't get out of the group stage in 2015.
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.
Egypt might reasonably be regarded as the favorite, since its squad is more seasoned (exceptionally so in the case of 44-year-old 'keeper Essam El Hadary). But a Cameroon side that saw many of its better-known players decline call-ups prior to the tournament has gelled quickly and impressively.
Neither team has been free-scoring in this tournament. Egypt has yet to score more than once in a match in AFCON 2017, but it has also only conceded one goal in the five games its played so far. Cameroon scored two of its three group-stage goals in its only win of that phase of the tournament, against Guinea-Bissau. And the Lions' 2-0 win over Ghana in the semifinals was garnished by Christian Bassogog's injury-time goal.
Recent form suggests we should expect a close game.
Per livesoccertv.com, here's where to find the match:
Cameroon vs Egypt
When: 2:00 pm, Eastern; Sunday, February 5, 2017
Where: Stade de l'Amitie, Libreville, Gabon
TV: beIN Sports USA
Online: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, fubo.tv
And there is a pay-per-view YouTube option:
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