Expected to finish rock bottom of their group stage proper, little to no people had hopes for the country consisting of under one million people.
Yet their incredible 3-2 win over Ghana proved crucial to their campaign – and the Coelacantes have moved to the last-16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.
A 1-0 loss to Gabon in their opening fixture looked as though it would set a precedent for the tournament.
This was followed by a 2-0 loss to Morocco, although Gabon’s last minute equaliser against Ghana meant that the side knew they would qualify with win over the ‘Black Stars’.
And that they did in a pulse-raising game against Ghana, going 2-0 up and surrending the lead before an 85th-minute winner by hero Ahmed Mogni.