Elneny missed Egypt's wins over Morocco and Burkina Faso in the quarter final and semi final respectively after injuring his calf in training.

Feb 2, 2017- Egypt reached a record-equalling ninth Africa Cup of Nations final, beating Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Egypt took the lead in the match, with Roma striker Mohamed Salah scoring another of his world-class goals with a strike from range cruising into the top corner in the 65th minute. "I came for two years in Ghana, we extended to two years and three months because we qualified for the Nations Cup".

Seven-time African champs Egypt will face the victor of the second semi-final between Cameroon and Ghana.

The first half was all about Ghana with the Les Étalons were contended to work on the break with the pace of Bertrand Traore, his brother and later goalscorer Alain Traore, Bance and Préjuce Nakoulma.

It was a measure of consolation for Burkina, who were denied a place in the final by a penalty shootout defeat by Egypt.

"It is a real dream for us to get to the final", said a delighted Broos.

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If the third-place playoff occupies a somewhat unusual position in modern footbal - arguably the game no team wants to play in - it has become all too familiar territory for Ghana.

Egypt and Cameroon will battle it out in the AFCON final on Sunday.

Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew then went wide with shots before Ghana threw experienced captain Asamoah Gyan, injured last week, into the fray for a furious final quarter-hour.

All that remains is for the two teams to produce a match worthy of what has been the liveliest, most entertaining Cup of Nations in some years.

Even so, Burkina Faso left it late.

Now face to face with the most decorated African national team, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon need no one to remind them that they have a big mountain they must climb, if they are to win their fifth AFCON title.


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