African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2022 finally has reached semifinals with Egypt and Cameroon facing off at the last four. They managed to ease past Morocco and Gambia respectively.
Egypt had to take on one of the favourites, Morocco. Mo Salah and Co managed to clinch only a narrow 2-1 win through an extra time. Morocco was in fact, took the lead first through a penalty which was well-executed by Sofiane Boufal. Egypt then pulled back on level terms through Mo Salah's strike at the month of the goal. Both sides were trading attacks before The Pharaoh managed to be on the front with Trezeguet's goal during the extra time. It was a tough clash but rewarding for Carlos Queiroz's men. Their campaign in this edition has been much more improving that the previous one when they were the host.
Egypt vs Morocco 2-1
Goals: Mo Salah (53), Trezeguet (100); Sofiane Boufal (7 pen)
Egypt: Gabal – Ahmed Hegazy (Trezeguet 46), Mohamed Abdelmonem , Ahmed El Fotouh, Kamal – Mohammed Elneny, Amr El Solya, Ayman Ashraf (Mahmoud Alaa 91) – Omar Marmoush (Zizo 80), Mustafa Mohammed (Ramadhan Sobhi 111), Mo Salah (Marwan Hamdy 120+2)
Morocco: Yassine Bounou – Achraf Hakimi, Romain Saiss, Agreed, Adam Masina – Sofyan Amrabat – Sofiane Boufal (Sofiane Rahimi 66), Selim Amallah (Imran Louza 86), Aymen Baklok (Zakharia Aboukhal 104), Munir El Haddadi (Tarik Tissaoudali 110) – Youssef En-Neysri (Ryan Mmaee 86)
In the meantime, the host Cameroon had no difficulty in knocking out Gambia. They trashed their opponents 2-0. Lyon man Karl Toko Ekambi netted a brace which continues their unbeaten run in the tournament. Their meeting against Egypt is inevitable. In the other two games, Senegal crushed Equatorial Guinea 3-1 through the goals of Famara Diedhiou, Cheikhou Kouyate and Ismael Sarr while Burkina Faso stunned Tunisia 1-0. Lorient youngster Donga Ouattara bagged the only goal of the game. It was a devastating defeat for Wahbi Khazri and Co since they had high hopes to advance further after thumping Nigeria at the round of 16. Such result eventually led to the dismissal of their manager, Modher Kebaier, despite the fact that it is only a few months before the world cup CAF qualifier playoffs next March. They will be facing off Mali in two-legged match.
Edmund Tapsoba and Co are scheduled to take on the 2019 finalist, Senegal, in the other semifinal on February, 2, whereas the host is meeting Egypt on the next day.