Egypt Make AFCON Final, Burkina Faso Out


By: Folarin Adegboyega Awal

Egypt Pharaohs, seven times African champions  have qualified for the finals of the African Nations Cup, edging out Burkina Faso in penalty shoot out at the semi-final match played at Stade de L’Amitie in Libreville yesterday night.

Egypt scored first via Mohamed Salah in the 66th minute and Burkina Faso’s, Aristide Bance equalised seven minutes after. However, despite 47 minutes of additional play, including extra-time, neither side could break the deadlock.

Hence, the penalty shoot out, which Egypt won 5-3.  

Burkina Faso had raised hope of their fans of qualifying for the final, after Egypt missed their third kick and Burkina Faso scored, making scores 3-2, But a dramatic twist occurred thereafter as Burkina Faso missed their fourth kick, while Salah scored for Egypt levelling the scores at 3-3. Then, Burkina missed their final kick while Egypt scored, ending the scoreline for the penalty kicks at 4-3.

The Argentine Coach of Egypt, Hector Cuper had said, the team is chasing a “dream that is getting closer and closer with each game”.

Egypt won three successive titles between 2006 and 2010 but then did not qualify for the next three editions of the tournament and the team is making the final after a seven-year absence.

“History is very important and I know all of Egypt expects but my job has been to prepare this side for the Nations Cup without looking back at what happened in the past,” the Argentine coach said on Tuesday.

“We wanted to come here and just do well but now that we have got this far our ambition is now to go on and reach the final and win the cup.”

Egypt drew their opening game with Mali and then snatched a last-minute winner against Uganda before beating Ghana to top Group D and edged past edged Morocco 1-0 in Sunday’s quarter-final.

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