Egypt fall to Jordan 1-0 in Aswan
In their first preparation for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, the Egyptian National Team lost to Jordan 1-0 in Aswan Stadium on Wednesday evening.
With a makeshift squad void of international players, Egypt manager Héctor Cúper put out a starting 11 led by 5 Al-Ahly players.
Egypt XI: Sherif Ekramy; Omar Gaber, Ahmed Dweidar, Rami Rabia, Aly Fathi; Nour El-Sayed, Hossam Ghaly, Ramadan Sobhy, Abdallah El-Said, Mostafa Fathi; Ahmed Raouf.
Jordan XI: Shafi; Dmeiry, Khattab, Bani Yaseen, Zahran; Baha, Elias; Bakhit, Samir, Alawneh; Rawashdeh.
In a dull first half in front of spectators in Aswan Stadium, Egypt’s first chance came in the first five minutes, but Ramadan Sobhy’s tame shot was easily saved by Jordanian keeper Shafi. The remaining opening 15 minutes were played mostly in the midfield, with neither team able to get on the front foot.
However, Jordan got on the board first in the 20th minute. A free kick delivery was dealt with poorly by the Egyptian backline, and Samir easily slotted home past a stranded Sherif Ekramy.
In the 31st minute, the Pharaohs should have tied the game. A wonderful Mostafa Fathi cross met Rami Rabia in the six yard box, but the Ahly defender sent his header over the goal.
Three minutes before half time, Ahmed Raouf could have opened Egypt’s account, but his shot also sailed over the bar. An unimpressive Egypt side went into half time down 1-0 to Jordan.
At half time, Egypt’s Argentinean manager Héctor Cúper sent on Zamalek playmaker Aymen Hefny on for Abdallah El-Said.
Four minutes into the second half, Zamalek’s talented midfielder Mostafa Fathi almost scored a sensational goal after a mazy run past several Jordanian defenders, but his chip missed the mark. Ten minutes later, Rami Rabia was denied from point blank range following magnificent footwork from second half substitute Hefny.
In the 61st minute, Ahmed Raouf made way for Ahly striker Amr Gamal. 12 minutes later, Ayman Hefny was thwarted by the impressive Jordanian keeper, who once again came up big following some impressive teamwork between Hefny and Sobhy.
15 minutes before full time, Ahly right back Mohamed Hany made his international debut, replacing Omar Gaber. The game ended without further incident, and the lacklustre Egyptian side fell 1-0 to Jordan.
The Pharaohs will play Libya in Aswan on Friday. This will be the final preparation before their AFCON 2017 qualifiers in March.
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