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Saturday,16 December, 2017
Issue 1217, (16 - 22 October 2014)

Ahram Weekly

Two in a row for the Pharaohs

A 2-0 win over Botswana has revived Egypt’s hopes of qualifying for the Africa Nations Cup. Inas Mazhar reports

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Al-Ahram Weekly
Egypt notched up their second consecutive win in the Africa Nations Cup qualifiers after blanking Botswana 2-0 in Cairo on Wednesday. The back-to-back wins against Botswana gave Egypt six points, four points behind group leaders Tunisia but only one point behind second-place Senegal.
 
Botswana lie at the bottom of the table with no points, losing all their four matches.
 
Amr Gamal opened the scoring for Egypt in the 52 minute. Mohamed Salah of Chelsea netted the insurance goal 20 minutes later.
 
The Pharaohs will host Senegal at home on 15 November, then fly to Tunisia in the last match four days later.
 
In the first half of the campaign, Egypt lost to Senegal in Senegal 2-0 and 1-0 to Tunisia in Cairo.
 
Egypt, which has won the ANC a record seven times, is trying to make it to the tournament after missing out on it twice in a row.
 
Considering the importance of the match, security officials had allowed 20,000 fans to enter Cairo Stadium, a departure from the ban on spectators for security reasons.
 
The game was attended by high-ranking state officials led by Prime Minister Ibrahm Mehleb and Minister of Youth and Sports Khaled Abdel-Aziz.
 
Still, fireworks were used by some spectators during the game, a violation of African federation rules.
 
Also on Wednesday, Tunisia stunned Senegal in Tunisia with a sole goal in the 94th minute. The win put Tunisia in the driver’s seat in Group G.
 
Only the first two teams in each group qualify, plus the best third-place team in all the groups.
The tournament will be held in Morocco starting in February next year.

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