Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Review: Egypt post much-needed win

11 October 2014 04:27

Egypt revived their hopes of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations with a desperately needed 2-0 win in Botswana on Friday.

Egypt – who won the tournament three times in a row from 2006 to 2010 – were in danger of not even making the competition proper after defeats to Senegal and Tunisia.

But at the third attempt they won their first Group G points, a result that brings them within four of Senegal and Tunisia.

Egypt started brightly despite the untidy pitch and Amr Gamal and Mohamed Salah both had early chances.

Salah fired a warning shot when he sharply cut inside and fired at Botswana goalkeeper Kabelo Dembe but the Egyptians had to wait until after half-time to take the lead.

Mohamed El Nenny gave them that advantage, firing into the right corner from 25 yards in outstanding fashion.

And El Nenny’s strike – scored in the 56th minute – was quickly followed by a special effort from Salah.

Salah played a neat one-two with Gamal before curling to the right of the diving Dembe to seal Egypt’s win.

The other Group G match saw Senegal and Tunisia play out a goalless stalemate.

Also on Friday, Lesotho and Angola could not be separated in a 0-0 draw.