Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski had a water bottle listing Senegal penalty preferences during AFCON final

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REVEALED: Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski had a water bottle listing Senegal players’ penalty preferences during AFCON final shootout defeat… with the shot stopper going the right way all but once and saving Sadio Mane’s spot-kick in normal time

  • Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski had a brilliant AFCON final despite losing the match
  • Gabaski saved two penalties, including one from Sadio Mane in normal time 
  • The keeper’s water bottle with Senegal’s penalty preferences has been found
  • Gabaski looked at the bottle before every kick in the tense penalty shootout 
  • The shot stopper went the right way all but once and saved from Bouna Sarr 


The water bottle belonging to Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski – which had every Senegal player’s penalty-taking preferences on it – has been found after the Africa Cup of Nations final. 

The Egyptian shot stopper, whose full name is Mohamed Abou Gabal, had a brilliant final – saving Sadio Mane’s penalty in normal time before stopping Bouna Sarr’s spot kick in the shootout – but ended up on the losing team as Senegal ran out winners. 

Gabaski looked at the water bottle before every spot kick in the shootout and went the right way in all but one of the five penalties he faced, but it was not enough for victory in Cameroon. 

Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski had a water bottle with Senegal's penalty preferences on it

Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski had a water bottle with Senegal’s penalty preferences on it

Gabaski (right) looked at the water bottle before every Senegal penalty in the shootout

Gabaski (right) looked at the water bottle before every Senegal penalty in the shootout

A snapshot of the bottle showed information on where Senegal matchwinner Mane put his penalties, with the Liverpool winger tending to go to the goalkeeper’s right. 

The 33-year-old goalkeeper did not just use that water bottle during the final, as star forward Mohamed Salah helped Gabaski deceive Mane after Senegal were awarded a penalty early in the first-half. 

Senegalese defender Saliou Ciss was felled by Mohamed Abdelmonem in the box and Salah immediately went to his goalkeeper to dish the dirt on where his Liverpool team-mate Mane puts his penalties. 

The Egypt goalkeeper saved Sadio Mane's (second left) early penalty during normal time

The Egypt goalkeeper saved Sadio Mane’s (second left) early penalty during normal time

Gabaski (right) benefited from Mo Salah's (middle) guidance on where Mane (left) puts his penalties

Gabaski (right) benefited from Mo Salah’s (middle) guidance on where Mane (left) puts his penalties

Gabaski went to his right, after listening to Salah’s information, and was able to meet Mane’s fierce spot kick to keep the scores level early on.

That scoreline remained the same for the entire 120 minutes of action, with Gabaski then using his water bottle information to try and guess where Senegal players put their penalties. 

Gabaski went the right way for Kalidou Koulibaly’s penalty – and even got a hand to it – but couldn’t keep it out. The Egypt goalkeeper also guessed correctly for PSG defender Abdou Diallo’s effort but was unable to reach it. 

The 33-year-old  (above) also saved from Senegal's Bouna Sarr to keep Egypt in the shootout

The 33-year-old  (above) also saved from Senegal’s Bouna Sarr to keep Egypt in the shootout

But Gabaski (right) ended up on the losing side after Mane (left) got revenge in the shootout

But Gabaski (right) ended up on the losing side after Mane (left) got revenge in the shootout

The goalkeeper then kept Egypt, who had seen Abdelmonem hit the post, in the contest by saving from Bayern Munich defender Sarr.

Gabaski was then sent the wrong way by Senegal’s Bamba Dieng but Egypt’s Mohanad Lasheen missed his next spot kick, meaning that Mane was able to earn his country the trophy with the next penalty.

Mane and Gabaski went in the same direction as their normal-time duel went, but the Liverpool attacker put his effort right in the corner to spark wild Senegalese celebrations. 

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