By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
Egypt will face Cameroon in the semifinals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.
The record seven time winners booked the much valued last four ticket after overpowering 1976 AFCON winners, the Atlas Lions of Morocco 2-1 at the Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium this Sunday January 30 after coming a goal down on the afternoon.
Morocco opened scores at the 7th minute of the game through France based forward, Soufiane Boufal. The SCO Angers forward having successfully buried in a penalty awarded the Atlas Lions after a VAR check.
Egypt mounted pressure on the Atlas Lions through the first segment but the Pharaohs failed to find the right formula to destabilize the well-coordinated Moroccan defensive wall.
The record seven time winners however found the back of the Moroccan net at the 53th minute with Liverpool FC forward and Egyptian team captain, Mohamed Salah striking hard in the much needed equalizer to send the match to prolongation before Aston Villa forward, Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim “Trezeguet” netted the winner at the 100th minute after beautifully concretizing Mohammed Salah’s assist.
Egypt will meet host Cameroon at the Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in the semifinal of the current soccer festival with the duel expected to take place between Wednesday January 2nd and Thursday January 3.
Cameroon qualified for the last four after overpowering debutants, The Gambia 2 nil at the Japoma Stadium on Saturday January 29 in the first quarterfinal of the ongoing biennial event.
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and the Pharaohs of Egypt share a huge history in African football. The pair is considered as the biggest rivals in African football, the two standing as the most decorated nations in the AFCON with five and eight titles respectively.
Cameroon emerged victorious during the last meeting between the two sides after the Indomitable Lions defeated the Pharaohs 2-1 in the final of the 2017 AFCON in Gabon to clinch their fifth title.
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