The score was 0–0 after extra time. Senegal won the trophy for the first time in its history.
Senegal inherited a penalty in the 5th minute for a foul by Mohamed Abdelmonem on Saliu Sis. Goalkeeper Gabaski diverted a penalty from Sadio Mane (7th). The Teranga Lions kept the pressure up. Ismail Sarr made a breakthrough to the right and crossed, Mane threw himself but did not conclude (22nd).
Egypt’s best opportunity came at the end of the period: from the right, Mohamed Salah fired a shot at the near post, Edouard Mendy deflected the ball.
Gbaski distinguished himself with two authoritarian outings at the start of the second period, on a low cross from Borna Sar (53rd) and Saliou Sis (56th). Mahmoud Hamdi misses to the head frame (75th) for Egypt.
Things were not improving and for the fourth time in a row, Egypt had to play extra time after the eighth, quarter and semi-finals.
Extra time opened with a big Senegalese opportunity: launched by Mane, Bamba Dieng presented himself to Gabbasky, who pushed back (91st). The Egyptian goalkeeper was once again decisive on a header from the same Dieng (100th). The duel was repeated in the second act of extra time when Gabaski rested on strike 25 meters from the Senegalese striker (115th). In the process, Mendy deflects a powerful strike from Hamdi (117th).
A penalty was necessary to decide between the two teams. Mohamed Abdelmonem fires to the post, Gabaski deflects a midget head shot and Mendy defends Mohand Lashin’s attempt. The last Senegalese shooter, Sadio Mane, did not tremble and offered finalists Senegal in 2002 and their first title of African champions after defeating Algeria in 2019 in the final of the previous edition.
Egypt held the record with seven final victories (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010).