Egypt, who overcame the Ivory Coast 4-1 in Thursday’s semi-final, believe they are on course for a sixth Africa Cup of Nations triumph.
The defending champions will now meet Cameroon in Sunday’s final in a repeat of a group game that Egypt won 4-2.
Goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadari, who made a series of stunning saves, said: “I’m the happiest man in the world.”
Assistant coach Shawki Gharib said of their win over the tournament favourites: “We’re delighted with the performance and the result.
“All the Egyptian players like South American football, we like Argentina, we like Brazil, we like this style of football.
“But the most important thing is that we play with our minds. First of all, we think about what we are going to do on the pitch.
“Now, we will win the final.”
Amr Zaki netted twice as Egypt stunned the pre-tournament favourites, while Ahmed Fathi and Mohamed Aboutrika also scored.
Ivory Coast lost goalkeeper Boubacar Barry to injury in the first-half with the Elephants losing 1-0. Barry was replaced by Stephan Loboue.
Ivory Coast coach Gerard Gili insisted Barry’s injury did not cost his team the game.
“The exit of my goalkeeper was not the reason we lost,” said Gili.
“His absence only meant I lost a chance to make another substitution. We simply had an off day.
“We didn’t expect to lose by such a wide margin but the Egyptians played well and pulled it off.”
Important for Cameroon people
Egypt will face Cameroon in Sunday’s final after the Indomitable Lions overcame hosts Ghana 1-0 in Accra. Alain Nkong’s second-half strike broke the deadlock in a tense encounter.
Cameroon coach Otto Ofister said: “Getting through to the final isn’t important for me, it’s important to the president of Cameroon and his people.
“It’s one of the highlights of my career, but remember I won the world title with Ghana’s youth team, and African club titles too, and led Ghana to the Nations Cup final.
“There are lots of problems, we’re in Africa, not at Real Madrid or Arsenal or Bayern Munich. Mentally it makes the group stronger.
Ghana manager Claude Le Roy described the loss as “a huge, huge disappointment.”
“I’ve been sad sometimes in my career but nothing like today,” he said. “We were set to play in the final and win it, now all we have to look forward to is the third-place play-off. I’m sorry for the fans.”
Le Roy lamented a series of injuries suffered by Ghana in the run-up to the match.
“This game was very difficult to prepare for. I had John Mensah out suspended, then yesterday Asamoah Gyan said he couldn’t play, then 15 minutes before kick-off Laryea Kingston gets injured. So many things in such a short time.”