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AFCON 2015 – Egypt vs Botswana Live Commentary
Five days after a convincing 0-2 victory at the Botswana National Stadium, the Pharaohs are aiming to put together a run of wins in an attempt to make up for their poor start to the qualifying campaign, starting with a home encounter against the Zebras. Egypt manager Shawky Gharib made a host of changes to the starting XI for the away match, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll stick with the team that brought him his first victory in a official match. The Ministry of the Interior announced earlier that 20,000 spectators would be allowed to attend the game at the Cairo International Stadium, and the fans will be cheering on the hosts to win and keep their qualification hopes alive.
Stay tuned for the match report and post-match comments from players and the managerial staff. We’ll also be covering Tunisia-Senegal. It’s been a pleasure; until we meet again for the final two group games next month, take care.
The win moves Egypt within a point of Tunisia and Senegal, who will play against each other tonight. The match starts in 15 minutes.
FT: Egypt defeat Botswana 2-0 for the second game in a row.
90+1′: Kamar replaces goalscorer Gamal.
90′: A decent move from the visitors results in a wayward shot that Shennawy watches bounce to safety.
88′: Abdel-Shafy skillfully turns Ogopotse, who hacks him down to earn the first yellow of the game.
87′: Tricks and flicks get the hosts a corner.
85′: Play resumes.
84′: Ayman Hefny is down after a crunching challenge from Phuduhudu.
81′: Ahmed Fathi cleans up at the back after a moment of confusion. It’s been a solid display from the captain tonight.
79′: Botswana throw on Lempone for Mokgathi for the final 10 minutes of the game.
78′: If you’re just tuning in, Egypt are leading Botswana 2-0 with 12 minutes plus stoppage time to go.
77′: Three corners in two minutes for the hosts, but they can’t capitalise.
75′: Mafoko almost scored an own goal there. Corner for Egypt, as Hamoudi replaces Soliman.
72′: The Chelsea winger took a heavy first touch, but Dambe held his ground and Salah finished with aplomb. Two goals in two games for the attacker.
72′: SALAH DOUBLES THE LEAD!
71′: Hefny squeezes past two defenders but his shot is blocked.
68′: Salah falls inside the penalty area, but the referee is having none of it.
66′: Brilliant chest control by Gamal on the right. Very promising player.
65′: Walid Soliman passes the ball out of play. Strange.
63′: Segolame Boy is replaced by Moyana.
62′: Abdel-Shafy goes for a spectacular volley, but it’s high and wide.
60′: Salah is caught offside for the umpteenth time this game. Poor positioning from the number 10.
58′: Salah hits the crossbar! So unlucky for the winger.
56′: So close! Gamal fails to score from a great Soliman cross, and the subsequent corner is poor.
53′: Ayman Hefny has joined the fray. The Zamalek playmaker replaces El-Sulaya.
52′: El-Nenny found the Ahly striker with a great pass, and Gamal made no mistake from the edge of the area. Fantastic finish.
52′: GOAL! AMR GAMAL OPENS THE SCORING!
47′: Salah is claiming a handball occurred in the Botswana penalty area, but Bienvenu waves play on.
46′: The referee blows for the start of the second half.
HT: Egypt have failed to break down Botswana after 45 minutes of football. Remember, a win is imperative for the hosts to keep their qualification hopes alive.
HT: Egypt 0-0 Botswana.
45+1′: One minute of added time.
45′: Good strength and determination from Abdel-Shafy to win a corner, but it comes to nothing.
44′: Samir! The centre-back heads over from the edge of the 6-yard box.
42′: Double chance missed! Salah was released down the right but his effort was parried by Dambe to El-Sulaya, who failed to hit the target.
40′: Salah chests down the ball in the penalty area with just Dambe to beat, but the Chelsea man is adjudged offside by the officials.
38′: Abdel-Shafy shoots from distance, but it’s straight into the stands. Awful.
36′: Gamal shoots straight at Dambe after being released on the right side of the area.
35′: Gharib is loudly shouting instructions at the players.
33′: Kgetholetsile misses the ball completely and Shennawy gathers it up gratefully.
32′: Gamal goes close! The young striker glances a header by Dambe’s far post.
30′: Salah fails to get on the end of a through ball as Dambe sprints out to clear.
30′: Egypt break, but Gamal is tackled fairly.
28′: Edwin shoots from the edge of the area, but it’s well wide.
27′: Abdel-Shafy’s early cross finds the offside Fathi, and the referee blows for an indirect free-kick.
25′: Dambe springs into action to palm away El-Sulaya’s stinging low cross.
22′: Amr Gamal inadvertently clashed with Dambe as the duo went for a loose ball. The goalkeeper is receiving treatment.
21′: Salah hits a curler from afar, but it’s headed away in the 6-yard box.
20′: Good spell of play for the Egyptians ends with Gamal being fouled.
18′: El-Nenny is penalised for a handball deep in the Botswana half.
15′: Slick passing from Egypt but Botswana are holding firm so far.
10′: Absurd offside call against Egypt, Salah was clearly onside there….
9′: Dambe almost plays himself into trouble but the Botswana goalkeeper manages to lob the ball over Gamal.
6′: Egypt lose the ball in midfield and Botswana attempt to break, but the hosts close them down quickly.
5′: Energetic start by both teams, plenty of tackles flying in.
0′: It has to be said, the pitch is a huge improvement over the poorly kept ground in Gaborone.
0′: Also in Group G, Tunisia host Senegal in the reverse fixture of their 0-0 draw in Dakar. The match kicks off in 180 minutes.
0′: Less than 20 minutes to kickoff…
0′: Players from both teams are warming up at the moment.
0′: Great weather for football tonight; it’s 26 degrees and not very humid.
0′: Mohamed Sobhy, Sabry Rahil, Shawky El-Said & Saleh Gomaa were all ruled out of the game earlier today, for tactical reasons.
0′: No alterations to the Egypt lineup from Friday’s match, but Botswana manager Peter Butler has made four changes from the previous encounter.
0′: Ivorian Sinko Bienvenu will be officiating today.
0′: Egypt XI: 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
Botswana XI: Kabelo Dambe, Obonye Moswate, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Boitumelo Mafoko, Edwin Olerile, Mogogi Gabonamong, Bonolo Phuduhudu, Thato Ogopotse, Kenanao Kgetholetsile, Segolame Boy, Mokgathi Mokgathi
0′: Lineups will be announced shortly.