AFCON: Egypt qualifies for Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Final

Egypt on Wednesday qualified for the final of the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations  after beating Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties.

The game went to penalties after finishing 1-1 at the end of extra time.

A sumptuous strike by Mohamed Salah in the 66th minute looked to have record seven-time champions Egypt heading into Sunday’s final.

But Burkina Faso were level just seven minutes later thanks to Aristide Bance, the goal the first conceded by the Egyptians at this Cup of Nations, and there was no further scoring.

Meanwhile, Ghana will face Cameroon in Franceville today to settle for the semi final

The Black Stars have not won the trophy since 1982, instead gaining a reputation for coming up just short all too often over the last decade.

Avram Grant’s side lost on penalties to the Ivory Coast in the final two years ago, while their current run of near misses began with a 1-0 last-four defeat to Cameroon at home in Accra in 2008.

But in Gabon they have seemed like a side on a mission to end their long title drought and a 2-1 quarter-final win over DR Congo in Oyem on Sunday, secured thanks to a goal each from the Ayew brothers, took them through to the last four.The Nation Report

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