Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Egypt's Elneny ruled out of Nations Cup semi-final

The 24-year-old is still nursing a calf problem that kept him out Sunday's 1-0 quarter-final win over Morocco.

Egypt, despite a record seven titles, did not qualify for the last three Nations Cup finals while Morocco got past the group stage for the first time since 2004.

The Frenchman is continuing his magic touch in the competition.

The quarterfinal schedule for Gabon's African Cup includes Burkina Faso vs. Tunisia and Senegal vs. Cameroon on Saturday. The Morocco boss is the only one to have won the tournament with two different teams (Zambia in 2012, Ivory Coast in 2015).

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny will miss the semi-final clash between Egypt and Burkina Faso.

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The first opportunity fell to Egypt on 15 minutes when Ahmed Elmohamady's cross was met by Mahmoud Hassan but Trezeguet's shot was straight at the keeper.

Fajr's crosses and throughballs from open play, along with his set-piece delivery, will ensure Egypt's defence - one that is yet to be breached in the tournament - will be given a stern examination.

The Pharaohs have now gone matches in the Afcon without conceding a goal.

When facing each other, Morocco has beaten Egypt in 13 matches, lost twice and tied 11 times.

There are just four teams left at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as we move closer to finding out the Caltex Socceroos' final group-stage opponent at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 this June.

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