Egypt Olympic national team puts three past Ghana
Egypt played one of two scheduled friendlies with Ghana as preparation for its first qualifier against Kenya in February.
Manager Hossam El-Badry played the match with local-based players from the Egyptian league as Europe-based players like Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’, Saleh Gomaa, Aly Ghazal and Rami Rabia were not available to call up.
Al Ahly’s Ramadan Sobhy was the first to score after he took advantage of a mistake by one of Ghana’s center-backs in heading the ball back to his keeper. Sobhy intercepted and scored an elegant goal which is his second in two consecutive games for club and country.
The second goal came after Al Ahly’s Karim Bambo was tripped by the Ghanaian keeper in the box. Mahmoud Trezeguet, also from Al Ahly, stepped up to score from the penalty spot.
In the second-half, substitute Mahmoud Kahraba scored the third goal from a fine shot after a beautiful dribble to get free of his man.
The most positive aspect of the game for Egypt was the creativity displayed by the attacking midfielders in Badry’s 4-2-3-1 system as both the starters – Trezeguet, Bambo, Sobhy – and the substitutes Kahraba, Ahmed Refaat and Amr Warda had a good game. On the other hand, the center forward position seems to be the weak link in the absence of Rio Ave’s Koka.
Egypt’s organization at the back was also solid while that of Ghana left something to be desired.
The two teams meet again next Saturday.
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