The history of the confrontations between Egypt and Cameroon shows the intensity of the competition between two of the most historically successful African teams, as both teams succeeded in achieving 13 African Nations Cup titles, with 7 titles for the Egyptian team, and 6 titles for the Lions of Cameroon, and below we review the most prominent features of this African football conflict.
History of confrontations between Egypt and Cameroon
By reviewing the history of the confrontations of Egypt and Cameroon, we find that the Pharaohs and the Lions have previously met on 28 occasions; 13 of them are friendly, 11 are in the African Nations Cup, 2 are in the African qualifiers for the World Cup, a match in the African Games, and another in the Olympic Games.
The history of the confrontations between Egypt and Cameroon dates back to February 1983, when the two teams met in their first friendly match, which ended with the Cameroon team winning by two clean goals.
While the last confrontations between the two sides were in the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup 2021, which ended with the victory of the Egyptian team by penalty kicks.
In general, the results of the matches of Egypt and Cameroon favor the Pharaohs team, as the Pharaohs managed to excel in 13 matches, compared to 7 victories for the Lions, while 8 matches were drawn.
The Cameroonian team managed to score 32 goals against the Cameroonian lions, while Cameroon managed to reach the Pharaohs net 22 times.
The history of the confrontations between Egypt and Cameroon in detail
The history of the confrontations between Egypt and Cameroon is full of exciting events, especially since the two teams have previously faced each other on crucial occasions such as; The final of the African Nations Cup, the decisive round of the World Cup qualifiers, and in the following table we review the results of Egypt and Cameroon throughout history.
|Date||Result (winner)||The competition|
|February 23, 1983||2–0 (Cameroon)||friendly match|
|February 26, 1983||1–1||friendly match|
|29 May 1983||4–0 (Egypt)||friendly match|
|March 4, 1984||1–0 (Egypt)||African Nations Cup|
|July 3, 1984||2–1 (Egypt)||friendly match|
|3 February 1985||1–0 (Cameroon)||friendly match|
|February 6, 1985||0–0||friendly match|
|March 29 1985||2–1 (Egypt)||friendly match|
|March 31, 1985||2–1 (Egypt)||friendly match|
|March 31, 1986||0–0 (Egypt won on penalties)||African Nations Cup Final|
|August 9, 1987||0–0 (Egypt won on penalties)||African Games semi-finals|
|March 14, 1988||1–0 (Cameroon)||African Nations Cup group stage|
|December 1, 1991||1–1||friendly match|
|20 July 1992||1–0 (Egypt)||friendly match|
|July 23, 1992||1–0 (Egypt)||friendly match|
|March 16, 1994||0–0||Olympic Games|
|January 18 1996||2–1 (Cameroon)||African Nations Cup group stage|
|December 22, 1997||2–0 (Egypt)||friendly match|
|February 4, 2002||1–0 (Cameroon)||African Nations Cup group stage|
|February 3, 2004||0–0||African Nations Cup group stage|
|September 5, 2004||3–2 (Cameroon)||World Cup qualifiers|
|October 7, 2004||1–1||World Cup qualifiers|
|January 22, 2008||4–2 (Egypt)||African Nations Cup group stage|
|February 10, 2008||1–0 (Egypt)||African Nations Cup Final|
|January 25, 2010||3–1 (Egypt)||Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals|
|May 20 2012||2–1 (Egypt)||friendly match|
|February 5, 2017||2–1 (Cameroon)||African Nations Cup Final|
|February 3, 2022||0–0 (Egypt won on penalties)||Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals|
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The most prominent results of Egypt and Cameroon
As we mentioned, the history of the confrontations between Egypt and Cameroon carried a lot of competition, and below, we review the circumstances of the most prominent matches that brought the two teams together.
Egypt and Cameroon 2002
On February 4, 2002, in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup, the Cameroonian team succeeded in eliminating the Egyptian team, after defeating it with a score of 1 to nothing, before the Lions completed their crowning journey in the championship, which was hosted by the Malian capital Dakar.
Egypt and Cameroon 2006
Within the second round of the African qualifiers for the World Cup, and in a group that includes Egypt, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Libya, Sudan and Benin, Egypt and Cameroon faced twice in the hope of competing for the pass for the 2006 World Cup that was held in Germany.
The Pharaohs team managed to overcome the untamed lions by going 3-2, and then deprived them of kidnapping the qualification card for the World Cup when they imposed a positive 1-1 draw, and with this result, the Ivory Coast qualified for the World Cup, one point behind Cameroon, ranked The second.
Egypt and Cameroon 2008
The 2008 African Nations Cup final, which was held in Ghana, brought together the teams of Egypt and Cameroon, and this was the second final that brought together both teams after the 1986 African Nations Cup final, which ended with an Egyptian victory on penalties.
During the 2008 African Nations Final, the Egyptian team managed to defeat its Cameroonian counterpart with a clean goal, signed by former Egyptian and Al-Ahly star Mohamed Aboutrika in the last minutes of the match.
Egypt and Cameroon 2010
In the 2010 African Nations Cup quarter-final held in Angola, the Egyptian team managed to cross the Lions’ obstacle by winning 3-1 in overtime, after the original time of the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The Egyptian team succeeded in completing its career after this match, achieving the seventh and final African Cup after winning the semi-final against Algeria, then Ghana in the final.
Egypt and Cameroon 2022
In the semi-finals of the 2022 African Nations Cup, the Egyptian team succeeded in crossing the Cameroon team, the owner of the land and the public, by winning the penalty shootout after the original time of the match ended in a goalless draw. However, the Egyptian team did not succeed in achieving the title after losing to Senegal in the final, while the Cameroonian team managed to win the bronze medal by defeating Mali in the match for third place.
Egypt vs Cameroon..a title fight
If we decide to put aside the history of Egypt’s confrontations with Cameroon, and put Egypt against Cameroon in comparison in terms of the number of titles for each team for a better evaluation, we find that the superiority remains Egyptian, as the Egyptian team won around 16 friendly and official titles throughout its history, while the Cameroon team achieved 7 titles only.
The number of Egyptian national football team titles
The Egyptian national team has a long record of tournaments, whether official or friendly, and the following we review the most prominent of them.
- Africa Cup of Nations 7 titles: (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010).
- African Games Championship for two titles: (1987, 1996).
- Mediterranean Games one title: (1955).
- Nile Valley Basin Cycle, one title: (2011).
- Arab Cup, one title (1992).
- Arab Games 4 titles: (1953, 1965, 1992, 1999).
Cameroon national football team titles
What is interesting in the record of the Cameroon national football team titles is that it does not have any friendly titles, as it has succeeded in achieving 7 titles, all official, throughout its history, which are:
- African Nations Cup 6 times: 1984 – 1988 – 2022 – 2000 – 2002 – 2017.
- The Olympic Games Once: (Sydney 2000).
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