Senegal and Ghana are first-time African Games soccer champions.
A goal two minutes into the final was enough to propel the Senegal men’s team to a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in the championship game in Brazzaville.
The victory came two months before Senegal hosts the 2015 African Under-23 Cup of Nations finals, which will also serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Senegal advanced to the final with a 3-1 win over host country Congo while Burkina Faso upset Nigeria 3-1 in the semi-finals.
Ghana’s women shut out Cameroon, 1-0. The victory was sweet revenge for the Ghanaians, who lost the women’s final to their Cameroonian counterparts at the last tournament four years ago.
“Our gallant ladies have made our dear nation proud,” tweeted the captain of Ghana’s Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, after the game.
Ghana reached the final with a 1-0 victory over Ivory Coast and Cameroon defeated Nigeria 2-1.
A total of seven teams took part in the men’s tournament and eight in the women’s category.
The African Games, formerly known as the All Africa Games, is a multi-discipline sports event, featuring 22 different events, which is held every four years.
The quadrennial soccer tournament is restricted to Under-23 players.
Meanwhile, Liberian goalkeeper Nathaniel Sherman is confident he will play again after undergoing right eye surgery. He suffered the injury in a freak accident after walking into a glass door last month.
“There is a possibility that I can get back on the pitch, but I cannot say anything in my present condition,” said the 24-year-old, who cannot see out of the eye after treatment in India.
Sherman spent 11 days in hospital after the mishap that happened as he was preparing to play for Liberia against Tunisia in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
“The doctors didn’t tell me anything about my career after the surgery,” he said. “I ask Liberians to keep me in their prayers and keep praying for me to get well.”