Egypt, the most successful team in Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) history, will take on Senegal, who have never won this tournament, in the final of the 2022 edition on Sunday.
Egypt will be looking for a record-extending eighth AFCON title. Senegal will be looking to go one better after losing the 2019 final to Algeria.
That loss would be on coach Aliou Cisse’s mind. He was at the helm in the last edition and was captain when Senegal lost to Cameroon in the 2002 tournament.
The final will also see one of world football’s most exciting attacking duos facing off against each other as Mohamed Salah leads Egypt against a Senegal side spearheaded by Sadio Mane.
The match is being played at Yaounde’s Olembe Stadium, where eight people were killed in a crush on January 25 – a tragedy that has overshadowed the tournament in Cameroon.
Egypt managed just two goals in their three group matches, edging out Guinea-Bissau and Sudan with 1-0 scorelines after losing their tournament opener 1-0 to Nigeria.
All three of their knockout games went into extra time. They beat Ivory Coast 5-4 on penalties before edging out Morocco 2-1. Egypt reached the final after beating hosts Cameroon 3-1 on penalties in the semi-final.
Senegal, too, had an ordinary performance in the group stages. Two stalemates against Guinea and Malawi followed a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in the opener that helped them sneak through.
A 2-0 win over Cabo Verde, 3-1 scoreline against Equatorial Guinea and another 3-1 win over Burkina Faso helped the side reach the final.