Afcon 2021: Mo Salah to face Sadio Mane in finals after Egypt brushed aside Cameroon on penaties
Cameroon 0-0 Egypt (1-3 penalties): The Pharaohs triumphed in a shootout once again to reach the AFCON final, where they will face Senegal
Mohamed Salah will go up against his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations after Egypt overcame the challenge posed by Cameroon in their last-four clash on Thursday evening.
The Pharaohs will face Senegal for the coveted trophy on Sunday in a match that will see two of the Premier League’s best wingers go head-to-head for continental glory.
Mane booked his place in the final by chipping in with a goal and an assist as Senegal beat Burkina Faso in their semi-final clash on Wednesday.
It remains to be seen whether he will come out on top against Salah and Egypt, who needed extra time and penalties to snatch a remarkable victory against the tournament hosts in Yaounde.
Salah struggled to get into the game throughout the first half as Cameroon stamped their authority on the contest from the first whistle.
The hosts started well and began to ask questions of Egypt’s defence in the early stages of the match, with the Indomitable Lions feeding off the raucous atmosphere created by home crowd
They went close after just 17 minutes when Vincent Aboubakar struck the woodwork with a headed effort from close range.
Michael Ngadeu and Toko Ekambi missed further chances to hand their side an early lead just moments later, with Cameroon unable to break the deadlock before the interval.
Egypt were forced into mounting their attacks on the break in order to stand any chance of shifting the momentum in their favour as the second half progressed.
However, they often found themselves unable to stay on the ball for long enough, leaving Salah isolated in his role as the Egypt’s main attacking outlet.
The Liverpool ace registered his first shot on target shortly before the hour mark but was unable to cause any problems for Andre Onana between the sticks with a trickled effort from the edge of the area.
He was later denied once again by the Cameroon stopper as he bore down on goal after he was gifted possession on the edge of the area.
Tempers flared in the closing stages of regular time as Egypt manager Carlos Queiroz received a second yellow for bellowing at the officials over an alleged punch on Ramadan Sobhi and was sent off from the technical area, where he was soon joined by his assistant.
Queiroz was far more animated than many of the players on the pitch during the closing seconds, with both sides short of intent and movement as an energy-sapping 90 minutes ended all square.
Clear-cut chances remained few and far between during the 30 minutes added on but Egypt had a fantastic chance to win it at the death only for Sobhi’s driven cross to miss all the white shirts waiting in the area.
The match went to penalties and the Pharaohs built on their experience from earlier in the tournament when they beat Ivory Coast via a shootout to progress.
The Indomitable Lions Cameroon were the architect of their own downfall from 12 yards and Njie’s blase effort which missed by a huge distance summed up their dismal performance from the spot.
The hosts will have the chance to restore some pride in the third-place play-off game against Burkina Faso on Sunday, before Egypt take on Senegal in the all-important final.
Golden Eaglets Out Of U17 AFCON, Fail To Qualify For World Cup
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets crashed out of the under 17 AFCON 2023 after falling 2-1 to fellow West Africans Burkina Faso in the quarter-finals in Algiers.
The result meant the Golden Eaglets won’t feature in the under 17 World Cup that would take place later this year, with Burkina Faso completing the quartet of teams to represent Africa in the tournament.
The other teams are Senegal, Mali and Morocco.
The Nigerians have their poor finishing skills and defensive blunders to blame for the result.
The Junior Stallions went into a 2-0 lead over the five-time world champions courtesy of Aboubacar Camara.
He first found the back of the net from a rebound just before half time before completing his brace on 57 minutes from the penalty spot after a goal-bound Burkinabe player was fouled inside the box.
Abubakar Abdullahi, however, pulled one back for Nigeria midway through the second half with a simple tap in giving the Eaglets a hope of comeback.
But it was not to be as the young Nigerians failed to convert any chance in front of goal to pull level.
2025 AFCON: Nigeria-Benin, Four Other Nations Bid To Host
Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Zambia, and Benin-Nigeria want to replace Guinea as hosts of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, CAF president Patrice Motsepe confirmed on Saturday.
Guinea, chosen in 2014 to stage the premier African national team tournament, withdrew last year after little progress had been made in preparing for the biennial event.
CAF officials will do inspection tours of all the candidates this month with the winners to be announced on February 10 this year.
South African billionaire businessman Motsepe said the successful country or countries would offer the best “transport, logistics, hotels and beautiful stadiums”.
“Each region will have a chance to organise a CAN (Cup of Nations). We cannot assign the organisation of the CAN successively to the same region.”
Benin and Nigeria are in west Africa, as are the Ivory Coast, who will host the 2023 Cup of Nations.
AFRDC 2023: Irabor tees off golf tournament in Abuja
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor on Friday in Abuja, teed off golf kitty tournament to mark the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.
Irabor, represented by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, said the tournament was organised in partnership with the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) to celebrate the retired and fallen heroes.
He said the event was significant in remembering the nation’s fallen heroes who had paid the supreme price for defending Nigeria and those still alive who gave their best in service to the nation.
He said that there were other sporting activities organised to mark the day, adding that it was the first time the armed force would partner with NGF to organise a golf tournament.
He said that apart from golf, many other sport activities were also lined up for the occasion.
Also, Otumba Olusegun Runsewe, the President of NGF and Director-General, National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC), commended the CDS for approving the partnership for the tournament.
Runsewe said there was the need to celebrate those that laid down their lives for the peace and unity of Nigeria.
He said that Nigeria had moved to the next level of golf development in line with international standard.
According to him, the International Standard is that any measure on a golf course must be branded.
“So, I’m happy to show you that if you go on the course now every measure has this international standard.
“We have 250 Pro golfers from professionals, amateurs, women among others, and it is an 18 hole golf course.
“I want to assure you that with this partnership, we are going to open more windows in Nigeria,” he said.
Similarly, the Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, said the tournament was organised to honour the fallen heroes who had paid the supreme price to keep Nigeria together.
Akpor said that there were living veterans as well as those who bore the scars of war and operations and the handicapped.
He said that the sporting activities were about building consciousness of the military and supporting them to continue to be the pride of the nation.
“So, while we are here doing this golf kitty, we also have those who are injured who are also playing a game at the National Stadium as we speak.
“They are playing the Citizen sitting volleyball and Wheelchair basketball,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports that the injured and soldiers living with disability known as Invictus team played citizens sitting volleyball match with the FCT team at the indoor arena of the National Stadium.
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