Egypt goalkeeper, Mohamed Abou Gabal Ali, known fondly as Gabaski, was the penalty shootout hero for the North Africans, saving two spot-kicks as the Pharaohs beat hosts, Cameroon 3-1 on penalties in the secondsemi.
The match ended 0-0 after normal time and extra-time, sending the game into a penalty shootout.
Tournament top scorer Vincent Aboubakar scored Cameroon’s first spot-kick but misses from Harold Moukoudi and James Lea Siliki gave Egypt a very healthy advantage.
Mohamed Lasheen made it 3-1 for the Egyptians meaning Clinton N’Jie had to score to keep Cameroon’s hopes alive.
However, the ex-Tottenham player fired wide, prompting wild celebrations from the Egyptians who are searching for their eighth AFCON title.
They will face Senegal in Sunday’s final in a match that pits Liverpool teammates Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah against each other.
Cameroon will take on Burkina Faso in the third-place playoff match on Saturday.