Cameroon faces Egypt in the African Cup of Nations semifinals. The match will be played on Thursday, February 3rd at Stade d’Olembé (Yaoundé)
The national team of Cameroon started the home tournament in Group A. The hosts qualified for the playoffs from 1st place with seven points scored against Burkina Faso (2-1), Ethiopia (4-1), and Cape Verde (1-1). In the 1/8 finals, the Cameroonians experienced problems with the Comoros national team, which had to use a field player between the pipes (2-1). And on January 29, the Indomitable Lions beat the debutant of the tournament, the Gambian national team, in the quarterfinals (2-0). That victory was gained thanks to Carl Toko Ekambi’s brace after the break.
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The national team of Egypt started the fight for the trophy in Group D, where it finished in 2nd place with six points. The Pharaons lost to Nigeria (0-1) and dealt with Guinea Bissau (1-0) and Sudan (1-0). The way in the playoffs turned out to be difficult for Salah and his partners. In the 1/8 finals, the Egyptian national team defeated Côte d’Ivoire in the penalty shootout (0-0 and 5-4), and then the Pharaohs beat Morocco in extra time (2-1). Mohamed Salah left his name on the scoreboard in regulation time, and Trezeguet scored the winning goal in the first extra time.
These opponents last crossed paths in the decisive game of the African Cup of Nations 2017 in Gabon, and the Cameroonians turned out to be stronger (2-1). Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar scored for the Indomitable Lions, and Mohamed Elneny scored for the Egyptians. AS for the upcoming game between the two most titled teams in the history of the African Cup, the Egyptians look slightly stronger than the Cameroonians in terms of the roster. On the other hand, the Pharaohs will be more tired, as they have already played four extra halves in the playoffs. In addition, the status of hosts of the tournament can help Cameroon. However, Egypt is unlikely to be left without a goal in regulation time. In the last four matches of the tournament, Queiroz’s men did not score only against the Ivorians, but they simply lacked luck and accuracy. Cameroon does not have a strong defensive line. The Indomitable Lions conceded from all the opponents at this African Cup of Nations, except for the modest national team of Gambia.