The wait was long, but fans defied the scorching sun on Monday and waited patiently for the arrival of the chartered plane carrying Cameroon's Indomitable Lions from Libreville.
Vincent Aboubakar’s 88th minute goal gave the rejuvenated Cameroon the victory after Nicholas Nkoulou’s 58th minute header cancelled Egypt's first-half lead by Arsenal's Mohammed Elneny.
An enthusiastic crowd filled up the Yaoundé Nsimalen International airport as early as 9am local time (11am Kenyan time) to give the 2017 continental champions a rousing welcome. The Indomitable Lions were scheduled to jet-in two hours later, but delayed.
Team Press Officer, Vincent de Paul Atangana, told Daily Nation Sport on phone from Libreville that the delay was due to bad weather.
“The weather was not good; there is heavy rain here.”
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The delay did not, however, dampen the spirit of the thousands of flag-waving supporters at the airport.
“We are waiting for our national heroes, so we cannot be tired even if it means we have to wait till tomorrow,” an excited fan said as she struggled to wipe her sweaty face with a handkerchief.
After several hours, an aircraft with the country’s national airline company, Camair-co, landed and team captain, Benjamin Moukandjo, was the first to step out lifting aloft the coveted trophy amid deafening cheers from the supporters.
“Thank you our kings! Moukandjo you are the best captain! Aboubakar you will excel in your career! (Fabrice) Ondoa you’re the best, nobody can dare you….!” chanted the supporters.