Mohamed Salah’s Egypt has reached the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations after beating the home side Cameroon 3-1 in a penalty shootout after the extra time in the semifinals in Yaounde on Thursday.
The Pharaohs Goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal was the hero for his side saving both James Lea-Siliki and Harold Moukoudi penalties in the shoot-out before Clinton Nije missed the target to keep the host’s dream alive in the competition.
Salah who is usually the fifth penalty taker for his national side was not needed as Pharaohs secured their place in a final clash between Senegal on Sunday at Olembe Stadium. Salah and his side will face his Liverpool counterpart Sadio Mane, where Egypt would be chasing their 8th African crown and make a record while Senegal will continue their quest to win their first title.
The host saw their campaign come to an end in a very cruel fashion and will face Burkina Faso for a third-place playoff on Sunday.
The Egyptian national side has taken sweet revenge against Cameroon after their 2-1 defeat in the final to the host nation in the 2017 AFCON edition where Vincent Aboubakar came on as a substitute to score the winning goal for the Lions.
This was Pharaoh’s third match which went to the extra time to decide the fate of the team, after a win in the round of 16 against Ivory Coast and beating Morocco in the quarterfinals.