VIDEO: Egypt thrash Swaziland 10-0 ahead of World Cup qualifier
Egypt claimed their third-largest victory and demolished Swaziland to their worst ever defeat in history after scoring 10 past the African minnows in the final warm-up for the qualifier against Zimbabwe.
The Pharaohs, who host Zimbabwe in a Group G World Cup qualifier on March 26, demolished Swaziland at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria with six different scorers starting with Mohamed Ibrahim after five minutes.
CAF’s 2012 Most Promising Talent, Mohamed Salah, who started along with Basel team-mate Mohamed El-Nenny, added a brace to gift Egypt a 3-0 lead before half-time, which was sealed off with seven more goals after the break.
The second half witnessed 11 different players with Zamalek’s Ahmed Eid captaining the Pharaohs. Eid and Haras El-Hodood hitman Ahmed Hassan Mekki each notched a brace while Ahmed Hamoudi and Ahmed Gaafar both added to the Pharaohs’ tally, netting their first international goals. Zamalek’s in-form striker Gaafar also played a major part in an own goal scored by the visitors.
Today’s win is Egypt’s third-largest victory in history since thumping Laos 15-0 in a friendly game in 1963, crushing South Korea 10-0 in the 1964 Olympic Games and demolishing Yemen 14-0 in Pan Arab Games the following year.
The Pharaohs now head into their World Cup qualifier with boosted confidence after finally snapped a four-match losing streak that saw them drop to 75th in FIFA rankings, their worst-ever position, after lost 3-0 to Ghana, 4-2 to Ivory Coast, 2-1 to Chile and 3-1 to Qatar since January.
Bob Bradley said after the match, “We certainly face many challenges, but we try to not let it take away from what we’re doing.”
“Fans are very important versus Zimbabwe. Against Mozambique, we said to imagine the seats were full. We can’t use this speech again.”
(Quotes: Copper Pot Pictures)
First Half XI: Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed; Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Ahmed Said ‘Okka’, Ahmed Shedid; Hosni Abd-Rabo, Mohamed El-Nenny; Abdullah El-Said, Mohamed Ibrahim, Ahmed Temsah, Mohamed Salah.
Second Half XI: Sherif Ekramy; Omar Gaber, Adam El-Abd, Mohamed Naguib, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy; Ibrahim Salah, Nour El-Sayed, Ahmed Hamoudi, Ahmed Eid; Ahmed Gaafar, Ahmed Hassan Mekki.
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