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Egypt 2-1 Ghana – Pharaohs save some face but Black Stars reach Brazil

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defeated the Black Stars of Ghana 2-1 in the return leg at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, but it was not enough to see the Pharaohs progress to .

The wait has to be extended to at least 28 years. Egypt played really well, but the first leg result proved too much as the Black Stars booked their ticket to next year’s World Cup in Brazil.


Egypt XI (4-2-3-1): Sherif Ekramy; Hazem Emam, Rami Rabia, Mohamed Naguib, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy; Hossam Ghaly (c), Ahmed Fathi; Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Mahmoud Kahraba; .

made five changes to the team that got ransacked last time out. Amr Zaki, Hazem Emam, Rami Rabia, Mahmoud Kahraba and Mohamed Abdel-Shafy all started. These changes left no place for Walid Soliman, Ahmed Shedid, Mohamed El-Nenny, Hossam Ashour, and more surprisingly, Wael Gomaa.

Brazil XI (4-4-1-1): Fatau Dauda; Harrison Afful, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila, Daniel Opare; Michael Essien, Andre Ayew, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah; Asamoah Gyan (c); Abdul Majeed Waris.

As for Appiah, he made one change, Esperance fullback Afful came in for Samuel Inkoom. Kevin-Prince Boateng was on the bench.

First Half

The game started off well for Egypt, the Pharaohs were real lively; their intentions were made clear. In the 25th minute Amr Zaki brought back the good old days with a goal. The Pharaohs kept pressing, but Ghana contained them well.

Former Wigan man Zaki also had an excellent shot from range acrobatically saved by Dauda less than 10 minutes later. Just before half-time there was an excellent one-two played between right-back Hazem Emam, who was a threat throughout the match, and Mohamed Salah, but the former’s shot was smartly saved by the Ghanaian keeper.

Half time score 1-0.

Second Half

Egypt continued from where they left off in the first half. Bradley’s men kept pressing really well. After a series of missed chances, one that included Salah’s shot which was cleared off the line, Egypt finally doubled their lead in the 84th minute. Ghana defenders failed to hold a line, and Gedo finished superbly making it 2-0, a little too late.

In the 89th minute Ghana booked their ticket to Brazil. Second-half substitute Kevin-Prince Boateng finished really well to ensure that the Black Stars will be appearing in their third successive World Cup.

Shikabala, who came on for Zaki, had a late chance to restore Egypt’s two-goal lead just before the final whistle after being played-in by Salah, but the Zamalek icon skied it from close range.

Al Ahly fanatic and Italian football aficionado. Working on a degree in Business Administration at the American University in Cairo.



  1. PITO

    November 19, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    North African home fans should stop the use of lasers on visiting teams!!!! It is a direct psychological distraction, inhospitable and unsports-like.
    other than that good play by Egypt this time around.


    November 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    @ Mr AHMED ASSEM, is BOB BRADLEY going to retain his post?..

  3. Ahmed Assem

    November 19, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    In short, no. A manager is appointed to win the AFCON and/or qualify for the World Cup. Under Bradley we FAILED to qualify for the AFCON, and we didn’t qualify for the World Cup either. Both were humiliating in their own fashion. Central African Republic defeated us at home 2-3, we got battered in Kumasi 6-1. It’s not because Bob Bradley is a bad manager, it’s because Egyptian players are unique. With the exception of Mike Smith in 1986 (AFCON), few foreign managers have succeeded. Newspapers suggest that Manuel José is one of the candidates to take over. He is Portuguese, but he knows Egyptian players and Africa inside out. José was the maestro and the conductor of the Ahly squad that won three ACLs between 05-08. In addition to the fact that he had a stint at Angola. What they’re sure of though is that Bradley will not continue beyond his contract. Hassan Shehata (manager who won the 3 AFCONs in a row) is also a possible candidate.

  4. Omar Mac

    November 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Manuel Jose is actually a really good option! he knows the players as if they were his family and his experience in Egypt will surely benefit. Just a quick question Ahmed, Will Egypt be play any qualifiers for the next AFCON?? will we even participate??? Caue the way we played today really shows that we can do the same to any other team in africa. Its just unfortunate that we let our selves down when we were in kumasi.(They probably weren’t ready to play away from home)

    • Ahmed Assem

      November 20, 2013 at 5:58 AM

      Exactly a year from now the AFCON qualifiers will be over, that’s why we must appoint a manager quickly. The Group stage qualifiers will start on the 5th of September and finish on the 19th of November. José is a good option because he will put pressure on the FA. He’ll force them to arrange games, domestic competitions will resume etc…However, José will not build a team. That’s my only concern.

  5. Mustafa Mazher

    November 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Congrats to Ghana going to the WC. As for Egypt, great match. We need to start building a team from now for the next WC from young players. Local clubs need to let them go and play professionally outside of Egypt instead of being forced to stay and warm the bench for older players. I think we have a good number of talented players (I’m thinking Rabia, Emam, Trezeguet, etc..) that will be 24-26 by next WC and if they have that international experience by then, we’ll have a way better shot at making it.


    November 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    @Mustafa,well said bro

  7. Nana

    November 27, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    This time around Ghana was scared to play in Cairo , you can tell they were not that aggressive like kumasi game , good luck next time Egypt don’t opt to ever play in a group with ghana again or they will beat you guys again , egypt could not even win 2:0 in thier home ground , that shows Ghana is far better than them .Now egypt lesson learnt , from now let Africa deal with thier teams . African coach is the way .Now make sure you support the team that beat you , watch the game on tv

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