AFCON Qualifiers: Egypt’s Late Strike Secures Victory Against Guinea

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Mostafa Mohamed’s deflected strike in the 87th minute handed Egypt a narrow 1-0 victory against a resolute Guinea, as the Pharaohs started off its qualification to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on a victorious note.

Guinea were looking set to guard a draw away from home, but Mohamed snatched the three points at the Cairo International Stadium, giving new head coach Ehab Galal a perfect start in his new tenure.

The win takes Egypt second in Group D with three points, same as Malawi who earlier on started its campaign with a 2-1 victory at home over Ethiopia.

Egypt squad

The Pharaohs deserved the three points as they were the more attacking side, though they struggled to find the net on numerous occasions. Guinea, who were mostly forced to be on the defending end couldn’t contain Egypt and lost concentration in the final minutes of the game.

The Egyptians now switch their attention to the second group match against Ethiopia on Thursday, while Guinea hope to bounce back when they face Malawi.

Sunday’s AFCON qualification results

Malawi 2-1 Ethiopia

Egypt 1-02 Guinea

Central African Republic 1-1 Ghana

Madagascar 1-1 Angola

Botswana 0-0 Tunisia

 

Chidi Nwoke/CAF.

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