Hosts of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon, will play Egypt in the semi-final on Thursday, 03 February. This match will pit two of the greatest footballing nations in Africa.
Cameroon and Egypt are two of the most successful teams in the history of AFCON, winning 12 titles between them – Egypt bagging seven wins and Cameroon five. The two teams last met in the 2017 AFCON final, which Cameroon won. Egypt has not won the African Cup since bagging its seventh title in 2010.
Both teams have displayed great qualities this season and played spirited games leading up to the semi-finals.
Egypt beat Morocco 2-1 in their quarter-final match to earn a place in the semis. After losing 1-0 to Nigeria in the opening round, many discounted the team as title contenders, but they have proved their doubters wrong.
Leading their charge for an eighth title has been their inspirational captain Mohamed Salah. He scored an equalizer in the second half and assisted Trezeguet for the winning goal in extra time. Salah’s performance was worthy of the man of the match award. It also showed that one world-class player can completely change the game’s character.
The host nation is a force to be reckoned with and is firmly focused on winning the AFCON title. Cameroon defeated Gambia 2-0 in the last eight, and a brace from Karl Toko Ekambi sealed their position in the semi-final, following a captivating performance from Cameroon. The win also showed that there’s no overreliance on striker and captain Vincent Aboubaker who has scored six goals so far in the tournament.
There won’t be much to separate the two teams. Cameroon shooters Vincent Aboubakar (six) and Karl Toko-Ekambi (five) are the leading scorers in this Cup of Nations. Egypt’s talisman and captain, Salah, has put on a superb show is expected to dominate scoring in the game.
The game will be hosted at Olembe stadium and is expected to be a tight affair that may even go to extra time and penalties. While Egypt will have the support of their loyal fans, Cameroon has the benefit of playing on its home ground surrounded by supporters. That will make the difference on the day.
Cameroon will go through to the final by 1-0 and continue their bid to chase Egypt’s AFCON record.
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