Egypt’s star midfielder Mohamed Elneny may feature in the Africa Cup of Nations final tonight after missing The Pharaohs dramatic semi-final win over Burkina Faso on Tuesday with a calf injury.
Coach Héctor Cúper confirmed that Elneny will be available for selection for today’s showdown against Cameroon in a repeat of the 2008 final that the Egyptians won 1-0.
Doctors gave the Arsenal midfielder a clean bill of health to take part in his side’s quest to win a record eighth AFCON title.
” I am happy Elneny is available for final after the team doctors gave him a clean bill of health. He was greatly missed and it will be nice to have him back after recovering from the calf injury,” Hector Cuper said.
The Pharaohs are the most successful side in the continental competition, but have missed the last three editions after the North African nation was rocked by political wobbles.
After seven years in the cold, the Egyptians are back into the picture, and straight into contention for the title.
The game against Cameroon will however not be an easy ride for them. The Indomitable Lions will be motivated by a want to revenge after that painful 2008 loss in Ghana.
The game will kick off at 1900GMT.