Egypt exit 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations after heavy loss
Egypt were unceremoniously dumped out of the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations after a 0-5 loss to South Africa, on Friday afternoon.
After falling to a 2-0 defeat to hosts Cameroon in the tournament opener, the Pharaohs surprised everyone with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe, who recently participated in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As a result, the Egyptians only required a draw to secure a place in the last four of the tournament, a feat considered by many to be impossible before the tournament kicked off.
Andisiwe Mcgoyi opened the scoring for the South Africans – who were making their 11th appearance at an AWCON finals – in the 28th minute, tapping into an empty net.
The scoreline held until the half-time break, as Egypt remained with a realistic chance of qualifying to the semi-finals.
Nevertheless, their experienced opponents doubled their lead on the hour-mark, after Nothando Vilakazi capitalized on a defensive error.
It was all downhill from there for Egypt, as South Africa scored twice more in the following seven minutes to all but secure progression to the next stage.
The Banyana Banyana then completed the rout eight minutes from time, to seal a resounding 5-0 win.
Egypt will take solace from the fact that they secured their first-ever win in an AWCON finals, after losing all three matches in their other appearance in 1998.
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