The Final Of The Totalenergies Africa Cup Of Nations

The two players ( Mo Salah and Sadio Mane) will battle battle it out for the Trophy

Egypt cleared their path through to the final of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations after beating hosts Cameroon 3-1 on penalties, following a goalless 120 minutes in Yaounde on Thursday February 3.

Goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal was the saint for the Egyptians, saving penalty kicks from both Harold Moukoudi and James Lea-Siliki in the take shots out at the Olembe Stadium before Clinton Njie bursted wide with Cameroon’s last opportunity to keep their hopes alive.

Egypt’s top marksman Mo Salah, who is normally the fifth penalty taker for his team, was not needed as Egypt advanced to a final standoff against Senegal at the Olembe Stadium on Sunday February 6.

The Pharaohs will play Senegal in the final, and will pursue a record-extending eighth African crown while Senegal proceed with their quest for their first title.

Grief stricken Cameroon, will now play Burkina Faso in the third-place match on Saturday February 5.

Cameroon’s top scorer Aboubakar also struggled to make an impact, although the hosts had dominated the first half and almost went ahead in the 18th minute when Michael Ngadeu rose to head a corner off the woodwork.

During the game, there was a dramatic scene, as the Egyptian coach Carlos Queiroz – – whose assistant was serving a ban was shown a red card, after he lost his cool on the touchline.

This was Egypt’s third additional time in as numerous knockout ties, after they needed penalties to beat the Ivory Coast in the last 16 and an additional half-hour to improve of Morocco in the quarter-finals.

Additional time elapsed with penalties continuously appearing to be unavoidable, and Aboubakar was the only successful taker for Cameroon as they go out of the tournament.

Egypt’s Mohamed Abdelmoneim was named Man of The Match. And According to him, they had it tough playing an organized Cameroon side.

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Sadly for Cameroon, they played very well during the 90′ minutes, but didn’t progress. As per the Cameroonian coach, his players felt some signs of fatigue at the end of the match, especially after a very physical and intense first half. He said, they had tried to save their energy to counter the opponent but in vain.

The Finals between Egypt and Senegal, which fans have labeled as a ‘Liverpool’ game, is expected to be pressure stuffed, aggressive and invigorating as two FC Liverpool talismen- Mo Salah and Sadio Mane will fight it out for the trophy.

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