African Cup of Nations: Egypt vs. Cameroon
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon face a tough challenge against defending champions Egypt for a place in the semi-final of the African Cup of Nations.
The winner of the match will face Algeria, who beat Ivory Coast 3-2 on Sunday.
Inter Milan’s Samuel Eto’o is aware of the class of the Egyptians, but the 28-year-old striker is positive that his side have what it takes to produce a good result. Eto’o has scored two goals already, which brings to 17 his total in six ANC tournaments.
These two teams have dominated African football for more than a decade, and when they meet in this afternoon’s clash, the game will certainly have an epic quality.
Egypt is aiming to stay on course for a seventh ANC trophy, while the West Africans are hoping to avenge the defeat they suffered at the hands of the Pharaohs— in the championship of the 2008 tournament in Ghana.
In the past five years, the Lions have only managed a draw at home with Egypt, who has won the three other games between the two sides. And after the elimination of Ivory Coast, the Pharaohs have been made favorites to claim the title for the third time in a row.
Meanwhile, midfielder Ahmed Hassan will set a new record as the continent’s most-capped international when the North Africans meet Cameroon. The 34-year-old will be earning his 170th cap to overtake compatriot and former team mate Hossam Hassan.
The match in Benguela kicks-off at 11:00 a.m. ET (17:00 CET) followed by the quarter-final contest between Nigeria and Zambia in Lubango.
UPDATE: Hassan scored three times, including an own goal, as Egypt defeated Cameroon 3-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament.