The Pharoahs of Egypt broke the hearts of assertive hosts Cameroon beating them 3-1 on penalties at the end of a goalless 120 minutes semi-final game of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in Yaounde on Thursday.
The much-anticipated encounter lived up to the billing with both sides stretching out to their limits and cancelling each other in the middle in a bid to find the back of the net.
The game ended in goalless at the end of 90minutes extending it to extra time and finally penalty shoot-outs.
Goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal was the hero for the Egyptians, saving from both Harold Moukoudi and James Lea-Siliki in the shoot-out at the Olembe Stadium before Clinton Njie blazed wide with Cameroon’s last chance to keep their dream alive.
Cameroon converted only one of their four spot-kicks during Thursday’s semi-final.
Salah, usually the fifth penalty-taker for his country, was not needed as Egypt advance to a final showdown.
A Liverpool affair will see Salah come up against his teammate Sadio Mane on Sunday February 6 as the two strikers come face to face at the Paul Biya Stadium, Olembé.
The Pharaohs of Egypt are looking forward to a record-extending eighth African crown while Senegal continue their search for their first title.