No doubt, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have proven themselves as a strong contender to win AFCON 2021 just as the Teranga Lions of Senegal had done.
The two lions did not only roar, they devoured other animals to be among the last four. However on Wednesday night, the Teranga Lions ate the Stallions of Burkina Faso for dinner to qualify for their second final in two years and the third in all AFCON.
The Pharaohs of Egypt will be facing the Indomitable Lions this night. For me, the Pharaohs have failed team play having depended so much on Mohammed Salah as the fulcrum of their success so far.
Thank God, one of the Cameroon and Egypt will not qualify for the final tonight. Both are among the elite teams in Africa, which Senegal had laboured so much for but yet to make.
The 2002 Senegalese team was super but could not win the cup. Of course the team went to the world cup the same year, reaching the quarter final.
I observe one thing in these Teranga Lions, they have not come to entertain crowd in Cameroon. They want the cup as shown in their match against Burkina Faso.
It was 51 to 49 possession for the Stallions at half time but the Teranga Lions changed the game in the second half with their power play.
Sadio Mane showed class. He tormented the defence of the Burkina Faso and broke it for goals to come in. Senegal have quality and I think they deserve to break into the elite club. Mane deserves to win AFCON.
It was Algeria that defeated Senegal in 2019. If Cameroon fail to stop Egypt today, then Senegal will be facing another north African team that are usually very difficult for the West African country to beat.
While Western teams always show they can play, the North African teams have always shown them how to play.
Nevertheless, it will be an interesting game to see Mane playing against Salah. Waiting for Cameroon Vs Egypt, until then good luck to Senegal.