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VIDEO: Egypt U23s seal comfortable 3-0 win over Kenya in All-Africa Games qualifying
The Young Pharaohs secured a comfortable 3-0 win at the Petro Sport Stadium in the first leg of their 2015 All-Africa Games qualifying campaign against Kenya’s U-23 national team.
Both sides were cautious at both ends of the pitch during the opening 10 minutes, however, it was evident that visitors Kenya, who were missing seven key players, were adopting a strict defending mentality.
The first chance of the game came following a cross from Zamalek starlet Mostafa Fathy that was headed by Misr El-Maqassa striker Hussein Ragab, who had his attempt tipped over the bar by the Kenyan keeper.
The Kenyan youngsters were extremely physical and were keeping the Egyptians at bay until the final seconds before the half-time whistle. Fathy played the ball into the box from a free-kick to find Sporting Lisbon defender Rami Rabia, who leaped high and headed the ball into the net.
At the beginning of the second half, Kenya had a couple of chances to equalise, but they failed to convert any into goals.
The Young Pharaohs showed great skill on multiple occasions as Egypt began to dominate the game once again. In the 64th minute a long ball was brilliantly controlled by Mahmoud Kahraba, who back-healed the ball towards Ramadan Sobhy, whose powerful shot hit the right post.
Egypt then tried to add another goal. The U-23s constantly played long passes into the area, which was proving to be completely useless.
Kahraba then managed to double Egypt’s lead in the 90th minute which seemed to put the game to bed. Chaos at the edge of the area led the ball to Kahraba, who chipped the ball over the Kenyan keeper.
Mahmoud Kahraba celebrates his second goal of the night by honouring the dead '22' and '74' Zamalek & Al Ahly fans. pic.twitter.com/5E9yHcRawW
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) March 1, 2015
On the other end however, Kenya hit the bar from just two yards out, which proved how vital Egypt’s goal was.
There were some unfortunate scenes when the Kenyan players got physical with the Algerian referee, after he awarded a penalty to Egypt for a foul on Osama Ibrahim. Kahraba stepped up to take the spot-kick and converted to score his second of the game, and Egypt’s third.
The Young Pharaohs will surely enjoy their 3-0 advantage ahead of the second leg in Nairobi next Sunday.