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.
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”.
“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.