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LIVE: South Africa vs Egypt – International Friendly
KingFut covers the action as Egypt take on South Africa in Soweto, as both teams prepare for the final stage of 2018 World Cup qualifying.
South Africa, led by manager Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba, were drawn alongside Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Cape Verde in Group D, while the Pharaohs were joined by Ghana, Uganda and Congo in Group E of 2018 World Cup qualifying.
The Bafana Bafana drew 1-1 with Mauritania on Friday in their final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, with Hlompho Kekana securing a point for Mashaba’s men.
The 2010 World Cup hosts will not be participating in the AFCON finals in Gabon next January, after finishing seven points behind first-placed Cameroon in Group M.
Egypt, meanwhile, enjoyed a weekend free of competitive action, after playing their last AFCON qualifier – a 0-2 win away to Tanzania – in June.
Hector Cuper made several changes on Tuesday as the Pharaohs drew 1-1 with Guinea, and the Argentine has vowed to use his star players against South Africa, as the team puts the finishing touches on their preparations World Cup qualifying, which kicks off in October.
FT: South Africa 1-0 Egypt. Stayed tuned for our post-match coverage..
90′: South Africa have a late corner.
SUB: Amr Gamal is on for Koka, who has been anonymous for 80 minutes.
SUB: Abdallah El-Said makes way for Ramadan Sobhi.
SUB: Ahmed Fathy replaces Omar Gaber.
73′: The Pharaohs haven’t looked convincing tonight, with Koka and Salah failing to deliver so far.
SUB: Tarek Hamed is on for Mohamed Elneny.
62′: Salah heads wide! The winger has been wasteful today.
SUB: Gabuza is replaced by Vilakazi, while Mphahlele comes on for Mobara.
55′: CHANCE! Trezeguet darts down the left before squaring for the onrushing Salah, whose placed finish goes inches wide of the post.
49′: Trezeguet has a free header, but he glances it wide.
46′: The second half kicks off. Will Egypt find a way back into the match?
HT: South Africa 1-0 Egypt.
44′: Trezeguet is hauled down yet again, after another skillful nutmeg.
43′: Trezeguet storms down the middle and lays the ball off to Koka, whose shot is blocked.
39′: Corner to Egypt.
35′: Egypt are passing the ball around, but haven’t been able to pose a serious threat on the host’s goal.
26′: Trezeguet pulls off a cheeky nutmeg and gets bundled over for his troubles.
23′: Salah blazes over, but it wouldn’t have counted anyway; the Roma man was offside.
21′: Salah and Gaber combine down the right, but the latter’s cross is cleared easily.
13′: Shennawy denies Makola a second, after the goalscorer opted to shoot from a good crossing position.
7′: Goal! Makola puts South Africa in front!
7′: Koka’s shot is saved by Khune!
0′: The whistle blows for the start of the first half of the 2016 Nelson Mandela Challenge!
South Africa XI: Itumeleng Khune, Abbubaker Mobara, Tebogo Langerman, Clayton Daniels, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Andile Jali, Dean Furman, Mpho Makola, Mandla Masango, Keagan Dolly, Thamsanqa Gabuza
Subs: Jackson Mabokgwane, Riyaad Pieterse, Tokelo Rantie, Gift Motupa, Sifiso Hlanti, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Hlompho Kekana, Maphosa Modiba, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Diamond Thopola, Deolin Mekoa, Thapelo Morena
Egypt XI: Ahmed Shennawy, Omar Gaber, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Dweidar, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Mohamed Elneny, Ibrahim Salah, Abdallah El-Said, Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’, Mohamed Salah; Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’
Subs: Ali Lotfi, Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Elmohamady, Walid Soliman, Sam Morsy, Ramadan Sobhy, Tarek Hamed, Mostafa Fathi, Amr Gamal, Bassem Morsy, Hamada Tolba, Islam Gamal