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2017 AFCON: Gabon President Bongo To Grace Semi Final Tie

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President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon is expected to grace the first 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations Afcon semi final match tonight at the LAmite Stadium in Libreville.
The Egyptian team is chasing a record eighth Afcon title.
President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon is expected to grace the first 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) semi final match tonight at the L'Amite Stadium in Libreville.

The on pitch battle will see seven time African champions Egypt face Burkina Faso. Ondimba whose re-election last September was challenged by the opposition has attended four matches now in the tournament.

To reach the semi final stage Egypt handled by Argentina's Hector Raul Cuper  humbled Morocco 1-0, while Burkina Faso shocked Tunisia 2-0 at the quarter final stage.

But going into the game Egypt have conceded no goal and scored three. But Burkina Faso coach Paulo Jorge Duarte told URN on Tuesday that his team is ready to prove a point that it was no fluke to get to this stage.

In the absence of star player Beninwende Pitroipa who got injured in the group stages, Burkina Faso will look to skipper Charles Kabore, Jonathan Sunday Zongo and Aristide Bance to lead the team.

On his part the Egyptian coach Hector Raul Cuper said facing will not be an easy task. “They are a very tricky side and because they have played three games at the same Stadium,” reasoned the Argentine coach.

Cuper, who has handled big European sides Valencia (Spain) and Inter Milan (Italy) said he knows the Burkina Faso team is very physical and has a good approach. “I have watched some of their videos of their games and know what to expect. We also have to try to be sharp at goal and take our chances,” added the coach.

Injured Mohamed Elneny will miss the game for Egypt, while Mohamed Salah and Tarek Hamed do the donkey work. Action will shift to the Franceville Stadium on Thursday to witness Ghana facing Cameroon in the second semi final clash.

While Ghana and Egypt who made it through Group D, Uganda's team is already back home after failing to qualify.

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