Broos: 'Unique opportunity' for Lions

The Indomitable Lions have proved the surprise package in Gabon this year, with 14 of their 23-man squad making their debuts at the continental showpiece after a host of first-choice players withdrew prior to the tournament.

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As such, Broos - who has received plenty of praise from his squad members - knows this chance may not come around again for many and hopes they can grab the chance with both hands.

“For these young players - 14 of the 23 are playing at their first Cup of Nations - it is possibly a unique opportunity in their careers to win the trophy," he said.

Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo echoed his coach’s sentiments, adding: "Of course when you get to this stage you want to win but I think looking at the run we have had we have already done well.

“I don't think anyone here would have bet a cent on us beforehand and that's a real shame."

Sunday also saw the third place play-off between Ghana and Burkina Faso, where the Black Stars were left shocked after falling to a 1-0 loss to miss out on the bronze.

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