Muhammad Salah’s Egypt put an end to Cameroon’s hopes of adding a sixth AFCON title to their cabin as they defeated the host in the semifinals to set up a tie with Senegal’s Sadio Mané in the finals.
The Pharaohs defeated the Indomitable Lions in front of a home crowd 3 – 1 on penalties after a grueling 120 minutes of stalemate goalless football at the Paul Biya Stadium.
Cameroon playing in front of a frenzied home crowd were on the weight of so much pressure and they showed that on the pitch as they kept Egypt under constant pressure from start to finish. The host hit the post twice and forced several shots off Abou Gabal in the Egypt goal post.
Despite those Cameroonian incursions, Egypt continued to play with caution and kept their lines intact to take the tie into a penalty shootout where Egypt goalkeeper Gabal saved twice from Harold Moukoudi and James Léa Siliki and Clinton Njie hit wide to earn Egypt a 3 – 1 win.
Seven-time AFCON champions Egypt will now take on Senegal who are still searching for their first AFCON accolade on Sunday’s final.