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AFCON 2015 – Botswana vs Egypt Live Commentary
Egypt travel to Gaborone to take on Botswana in the first of two must win fixtures after losing their opening two matches; King Fut is here to cover all the action.
The Pharaohs kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 loss in Dakar to group leaders Senegal, before succumbing to a 0-1 loss to Tunisia at the Air Defense Stadium days later. Botswana haven’t fared much better, and have also failed to pick up points in their first two games. They sit in third place, ahead of Egypt on goals scored. Egypt’s failure to ripple the opposition net so far in qualifying is an unenviable accomplishment matched only by Sudan, but one suspects they will get off the mark this evening.
Stay tuned for our match report, as well as coverage of the Tunisia-Senegal game. It kicks off in 90 minutes.
FT: Egypt grab their first goals and points of the qualifying campaign in Botswana.
FT: Egypt triumph 0-2 in Gaborone over Botswana.
90+2′: Ibrahim Abdel-Khaleq replaces goalscorer Mohamed El-Nenny.
90+1′: Two minutes of stoppage time also given this half.
90′: Good defending from Abdel-Shafy on the left.
90′: We’re in the final minute of regulation time…
88′: BARNSTORMING run from Salah goes to waste after he fails to center to Kamar.
87′: Shennawy makes a huge save from a Botswana corner!
85′: Egypt win yet another corner following good interplay, but Botswana manage to clear.
82′: Solid defending ensures the corner comes to nothing.
82′: Botswana win a corner after Ibrahim Salah heads clear.
80′: The much-maligned Khaled Kamar comes on for the ineffective Gamal.
80′: The hosts look out of ideas, with 10 minutes plus stoppage time remaining.
77′: Shennawy misjudges the flight of the ball, but Botswana fail to capitalise.
76′: Good spell for Egypt, who look like scoring every time they break.
73′: Hefny almost scores an audacious overhead kick goal, but the ball is cleared off the line.
71′: El-Shennawy leaps high to claim the ball ahead of the onrushing attacker.
69′: Botswana are pushing forward in search of a goal. As things stand, their hopes of qualification are all but gone.
68′: Soliman is replaced by Ayman Hefny.
67′: El-Nenny will not forget his goal anytime soon; fantastic strike.
65′: Egypt lead 0-2 with 25 minutes of regulation time remaining.
62′: The Chelsea winger pounces on a lay-off to finish smartly from 19 yards out. The floodgates are opening.
62′: GOAL! SALAH!
STAT: Egypt needed 236 minutes to score their first goal in AFCON 2015 qualifying.
58′: Shennawy pulls off a fantastic save, as Egypt start to move into top gear.
56′: The Basel midfielder beats Dambe with a powerful blast to give Egypt the lead.
56′: GOAL! EL-NENNY!
56′: Salah is starting to drop into midfield to get involved.
54′: El-Sulaya also tries his luck from more than 30 yards, but it’s well wide.
52′: Soliman shoots from distance, but it’s straight at Dambe.
50′: El-Nenny tries to release Salah, but his pass is intercepted.
46′: The second half kicks off in Gaborone.
HT: Both teams are trotting out of the tunnel, as the second half approaches.
HT: It’s been a labored 45 minutes, with almost nothing worth mentioning.
HT: Botswana 0-0 Egypt.
45+1′: Two minutes of stoppage time.
45′: Salah shoots, but the ball dribbles slowly towards goal and is saved.
45′: Soliman shapes to shoot, but his effort is blocked.
43′: Salah’s lack of match practice is showing, as he fails to complete a dribble on the right.
41′: First caution of the game goes to Edwin Olerile. The defender launched himself into a rash tackle to earn it.
40′: The Egyptian defence has done well so far.
36′: Salah’s wastefulness continues, as he fails to shoot or pass after receiving the ball in an advanced position.
35′: Salah and Gamal both appear to have taken knocks.
33′: Ibrahim Salah gives away a free-kick, and Shennawy catches the resulting set piece easily.
32′: And now Salah! The Chelsea man fails to beat Dambe from close range.
31′: So close! El-Sulaya misses the far corner by inches….
29′: Egypt break, but the hosts close them down quickly.
26′: Botswana surge forward, and the home fans spur them on.
23′: The cross is cleared for a corner, which is also wasted.
22′: Salah wins a free-kick on the right.
20′: El-Sulaya lets fly from distance, but Dambe gathers easily.
17′: Amr Gamal with a wayward shot from the edge of the area after good buildup from Egypt.
15′: Play resumes.
14′: Dambe, Botswana’s goalkeeper, is on the ground after landing awkwardly following a save.
10′: Shennawy gets involved for the first time in the match, catching a lazy Botswana cross from the left.
9′: Another Egypt corner, another terrible cross.
8′: Good spell of possession for Egypt.
4′: The cross is poor though, and Botswana clear.
4′: First corner of the game to Egypt.
2′: Cagey start to the game with plenty of misplaced passes.
0′: And now it’s Botswana’s anthem being blared from the stadium speakers. The crowd cheers.
0′: Beladi, Beladi, Egypt’s national anthem rings out, and the players sing along.
0′: The players are making their way onto the pitch for national anthems and pre-match handshakes, the works.
0′: The pitch is dreadful; I hope no one injures himself while moving around.
0′: It’s almost 27 degrees at the Botswana National Stadium.
0′: With just under thirty minutes to kickoff, the players are on the field, warming up.
Six changes from Egypt’s previous starting lineup, including the dropped Hossam Ghaly who wore the captain’s armband during the first two qualifiers.
Botswana XI vs Egypt: Kabelo Dambe, Obonye Moswate, Edwin Olerile, Oscar Ncenga, Boitumelo Mafoko, Moshe Gaolaolwe, Joel Mogorosi, Mogakolodi Ngele, Jerome Ramatlhakwane, Segolame Boy, Lemponye Tshireletso
Egypt XI vs Botswana: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy; Amr El-Sulaya, Ibrahim Salah, Mohamed El-Nenny; Walid Soliman, Mohamed Salah; Amr Gamal