Egypt takes on Cameroon in the Final of Africa Cup of Nations today. The Pharaohs, among the tournament Favourites from the outset in Gabon, were victorious in 2006, 2008 and 2010 before failing to qualify for the next three editions in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Underdogs Cameroon have upset the odds to reach the final, beating much-fancied ghana in the last four. The game will be a repeat of the 2008 final. Seven-time winners egypt earned their place in a record-equalling ninth Afcon final by beating Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 semi-final draw.
The Pharaohs’ Hero in the semi-final was 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam el Hadary, whose save in the shootout means he now has a chance to win a fifth Afcon title, having won his first in 1998. El Hadary has been in fine form in Gabon, the goal he conceded in the semi-final being the first he has let in during the tournament.