The only team to beat Ghana at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt, awaits the Black Stars in Sunday’s final if they are able to go past Cameroon later today.
The Pharaohs, 7 time African Champions, beat Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties after a hard fought 120 minutes in which the West African side were by far the better team.
Yet despite dominating for long stretches of play, Burkina Faso failed to produce many clear cut goalscoring opportunities, and even fell behind to Egypt after a superbly curled effort from Mohammed Salah beat young goalkeeper Herve Koffi.
Burkina equalised not long after through Aristide Bance, who controlled a Charles Kabore cross on his chest before lashing it past veteran goalie Essam El Hadary, the first goal conceded by the Egyptians at this tournament.
Burkina continued to dominate after their 73rd minute equaliser but failed to score, with the game thus heading for the lottery of the shootout.
Burkina Faso goalie Koffi saved Egypt’s first spot kick, but the Pharaohs scored all the rest after that and El Hadary saved Koffi’s, then Bertrand Traore’s kicks to send Egypt through.
The North Africans thus equal Ghana’s record of reaching nine nations cup finals – although they have won seven of theirs and Ghana only four – they would have the chance to make it eight on Sunday.