YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal pulled off two spectacular saves as Egypt edged hosts Cameroon 3-1 in the penalty shootout to achieve the ultimate of Africa Cup of Nations following a goalless draw after additional time on Thursday.
Cameroon transformed just one of their 4 spot-kicks, with Abou Gabal blocking two of the strikes earlier than Clinton Njie missed his try. Egypt transformed all three of their kicks.
Egypt can be aiming to win a record-extending eighth Cup of Nations title after they face Senegal in Sunday’s ultimate.
But they are going to be with out coach Carlos Queiroz, who’s suspended for the ultimate after being despatched off in Thursday’s second half for continuously bickering with the referee.
The match itself delivered few highlights, performed on a heavy pitch that sapped the vitality out of the gamers.
But Egypt may have received in dramatic fashion in the final minute of additional time when Ramadan Sobhi whipped in a cross from the best that had three staff mates making an attempt to get on the top of it however all lacking out on offering a decisive contact.
Cameroon centreback Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui had the most effective possibilities of a primary half that was low on tempo, excessive on ball flip over and quick on alternative.
The huge defender hit the crossbar with a header from a nook after 18 minutes after which miscued a chance alongside the bottom from the set-piece that adopted straight after.
Karl Toko Ekambi might need additionally discovered the online in the primary interval for the hosts however his thirty second minute effort lacked energy and looped up for goalkeeper Abou Gabal to comfortably catch.
A rasping second half strike from Samuel Oum Gouet additionally shaved the Egypt bar however the sport appeared destined for penalties as each side didn’t put collectively any efficient passing strikes.
The defeat comes as a significant blow to the hosts, whose troubled event was overshadowed by the stadium crush that led to eight deaths final week.
Thursday’s match was the primary sport again on the Olembe Stadium since final week’s tragedy.
The Confederation of African Football moved one of the weekend quarter-finals from the venue whereas in search of assurances of improved safety from the Cameroonian authorities.
(Writing by Mark Gleeson; enhancing by Pritha Sarkar)