For the majority of the game, it looked as if Cameroon would be playing at home in the Afcon final but a penalty shootout loss to Egypt sent the Indomitable Lions crashing out of the tournament.
Cameroon dominated the entire encounter for most of the 120 minutes but three misses in the shootout allowed Egypt to set up a sensational final against Senegal.
Two of Africa’s biggest stars, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, will make it an all-Liverpool encounter at the Olembe stadium in Afcon’s finale.
The hosts will be bitterly disappointed to have lost the semifinal in their own country but the manner in which they lost will make it that much worse. The first half was one-way traffic in favour of Cameroon, and they were unlucky not to go into the break with a lead.
However, missing your chances in football will only result in punishment and that punishment nearly came when Salah got through to come face to face with the Cameroon goalkeeper who did a great job in apprehending the winger.
Egypt was much the better side in the second half with the Lions’ attack seldom threatening the goal line and the game looked increasingly destined for extra-time and penalties, much to the frustration of their manager.
The Pharaohs manager Carlos Queiroz has been a temperamental figure through the tournament and tonight was no different when, within minutes of the game’s onset, he was warned to calm down by the referee.
The Portuguese manager and his staff continued displaying their anger at the referee and when the game came to an end, his temper boiled over. He unleashed his wrath on the officials who had no choice but to red card the manager.
Egypt will be delighted to get the chance to win their eighth Afcon trophy but being without their manager will be a major inconvenience.
The finale of the tremendous Afcon will take place at the Olembe stadium on Sunday night with the grudge match set for 9pm between Senegal and Egypt.
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