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Egypt will play Senegal in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final after a 3-1 penalty shootout victory over Cameroon.
It was Clinton Njie’s miss wide that secured Egypt’s progress after the seven-time African champions scored their first three penalties. Goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal, who wears the name Gabaski on the back of his jersey, also made two saves for Egypt.
The game ended 0-0 after 120 minutes with the biggest flashpoint coming toward the end of regulation when Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz was sent off. He will now be banned from the touchline for Sunday’s final against Senegal.
It was the first game back at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde since eight fans died after a crush outside Cameroon’s last-16 game against Comoros last Monday.
The same venue will stage the final on Sunday when Sadio Mane’s Senegal will be seeking its first African title after losing the last final in 2019 to Algeria. Senegal should be fresher after having an extra day’s rest and beating Burkina Faso inside 90 minutes on Wednesday.
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It’s Senegal against Egypt for the final of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
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Last night’s win was dedicated to Carlos Queiroz by Egypt assistant manager Diaa El-Sayed, with the boss sent off before extra-time.
“We are the only team that played 120 minutes in three consecutive games,” he said. “The players are fully focused, they have a good base to build on, and we thank their clubs for that.
“Salah being the group leader gives the players a lot of positive energy as well. We also have a great head coach that has a lot of experience dealing with players.
“I believe Queiroz’s send-off was undeserved, I’d like to dedicate the win to both him and his assistant Roger de Sa.
“I don’t want to discuss refereeing mistakes or the things we suffered throughout the tournament, players determination changes everything on the pitch.
“We appreciate our fans’ support and we’d like to thank them for being there for us. We’ll celebrate tonight, but after all, we haven’t won anything yet.”
Egypt defender Mohamed Abdelmonem claimed the award for last night’s match.
Egypt assistant manager Diaa El-Sayed has called on Africa Cup of Nations organisers to move their final versus Senegal back a day after their gruelling penalty victory over Cameroon.
The Pharaohs have gone the distance in both the semi-final and last-16 ties, having also required extra-time to beat Morocco in the quarters. Their last-four clash also came a day later than their opponents on Sunday.
Speaking after Thursday’s win, El-Sayed stated: “I hope CAF would move the final from Sunday to Monday for the sake of fair play, they have done that with the third-place decider.”
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Cameroon boss Toni Conceicao admitted his disappointment at losing last night’s final, but insisted he was not too downhearted after such a close game.
“We won’t be a side playing the final,” he stated. “Like 27 million Cameroonians, we are sad, but this is football.
“The game was close, but the players were exhausted in the second half. At the first half, however, we played well and we were close to scoring on more than one occasion.
“We practiced for penalty kicks, but in the end, everybody could miss. The players are only human after all.
“Overall, the game was amazing and we are proud of our Africa Cup of Nations journey even without reaching our goal playing the final.”
Read all about how Egypt did it here…
Egypt beat Cameroon 3-1 on penalties to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final, ending the hosts’ hopes of glory on home soil.
One man Egypt will be without for Sunday’s final will be their manager, Carlos Queiroz, after he was shown a red card late in the second half.
To add insult to injury, Cameroon aren’t done yet – they’ll have to stick around to play the third-place playoff against Burkina Faso on Saturday.
So Egypt will be back here on Sunday to take on Senegal, who were the pre-tournament favourites. There’ll either be a new name on the trophy or that of Egypt will appear on it for a record-extending eighth time.
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