Cameroon look to send Salah's Egypt packing

Cameroon look to send Salah's Egypt packing
Cameroon huddle as President of the Cameroon Football Federation Samuel Eto'o addresses the players during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Cameroon Training Session at Japoma Stadium Annex North in Douala, Cameroon on 28 January 2022 ©Shaun Roy/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Feb 02, 2022. 14:00

Cameroon will square off with Egypt in a titanic 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) encounter on Thursday.

Kick-off is at 9:00 pm CAT.

The semi-final match between the two African heavyweights is scheduled to be played at the Stade Omnisport Paul Biya in Yaounde, Cameroon.

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon reached the semi-finals after defeating tournament debutants, The Gambia’s Scopians 2-0 in the quarter-final clash on Saturday.

Cameroon are hoping to book their place in the final for the eighth time having participated in the 1984, 1986, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2008, and 2017 finals.

Vincent Aboubakar (six goals) and Karl Toko Ekambi (five goals) are the leading goalscorers in this year’s tournament and they could be key to the Indomitable Lions’ win over Egypt.

Meanwhile, Egypt progressed to the semi-finals after securing a 2-1 win over Morocco in extra-time of their quarter-final encounter which was played on Sunday.

The Pharaohs are targeting a record-extending 10th appearance in the final having appeared in the 1957, 1959, 1962, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2017 finals.

Mohamed Salah is in top form at the moment having scored the decisive spot-kick against Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals, before scoring and providing an assist in their win over Morocco.

The last meeting between Cameroon and Egypt was on 5 February 2017.

Cameroon secured a 2-1 win over Egypt in the 2017 AFCON final which was played at the Stade d’Angondjé in Gabon.

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