Three-time champions Egypt weathered a first half resistance from Libya before seeing off the 2008 champions 5-2 to progress to the final of this year’s showpiece in Laayoune on Wednesday evening.
The two teams were tied at 1-1 by halftime with Mohamed Suleiman Ghaeb equalizing for the Libyans after Abdelrahman Mohamed had given the Egyptians an early lead.
However, Egypt came back stronger in the second half with Ahmed Mohamed Mostafa Khalaf and Elmoatazbellah Abdelhalim scoring one a piece as Abdelrahman added his second to give them victory against a tough Libya side.
Ibrahim Lahammel scored a late second for the Libyans with 13 seconds to go, but it was just mere statistic as the game was long sealed.
In a tightly contested opening half, the Libyans pulled level with just 37 seconds left before halftime, Ghaeb slotting the ball home from inside the arch after the Egyptians had struggled to clear Ahmad Mustafa’s shot from a freekick.
Both sides had contested equally in the opening 20 minutes, but it was Egypt who had the most chances to score. They broke the deadlock just a minute and 14 seconds on the clock when Abdelrahman Mohamed scored his third goal of the tournament with a shot from the left that sneaked under the keeper’s feet.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)