Cameroon (5 CAN) will not come close. Their African Cup at home ended in the semi-finals, against Congo (1–0), as in 50 years ago.
Already after Harold Maukoudi’s failure, Olembe Stadium began to empty after a second shot on a goal saved by Mohamed Abu Gbal “Gabaski” of James Lee-Siliki. The Cameroonians no longer believed in it.
The stadium was not even half full for this first match since eight deaths during the stampede, which left the public cold.
Gabaski, goalkeeper No. 2, hero in the round of 16 against Cte d’Ivoire (0–0, 4 from 5 pens), still injured, fourth shot not intercepted, in the absence of Mohamed al-Shenawi, Clinton Naji made it Sent over the bar.
Its captain and top scorer, Vincent Abubakar (6 goals), had converted the first well, but it was the only gesture that he actually succeeded in his match.
very close game
Like in the 1986 final in Cairo (0–0, 4 from 5 tabs), the Pharaohs won the penalty shootout.
Had to come to this after a very closed meeting.
Symbol of this tense match, Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz of Egypt was ruled out for two yellow cards of contention at the end of the match (87th and 90th).
Each team had a bigger chance, a header from Michael Ngadeau at square (18th) and a one-off defeat by Mohamed Salah with Andre Onana (56th).
The indomitable Lions completely defeated Egypt in the first half, but failed to score.
Pharaoh only once put his nose on the balcony, on a spectacular deviation from Salah to launch a counter (38th).
But the Liverpool striker missed a match point. Taking advantage of a formidable back pass from Martin Hongla, he single-handedly swung toward goal, but Andre Onana, who came out like a rocket, managed to tackle him first, in a gesture that was close to a goalkeeper’s school. Showed all interests. Ajax. Salah bled with anger.
The Liverpool striker did not play well. However, he was the main fear of the public, which roared on Tolo Nouu’s first tackle on the Egyptian N.10 (first), and a “Boo!” Liverpool star (9th) on the first missed strike.
Salah also escaped a foul warning on Toko-Ekambi, who went against (31st).
But otherwise it was well off Tony Conceicao’s plan, and very closely guarded by Tolo Nouhou.
And he didn’t even need to convert his shot on goal.