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Karim Hafez scores late equalizer to keep AS Nancy on winless streak

Karim Hafez features in Lens 2-0 victory


Defender, struck a late equalizing goal for his side, Lens, away to fellow strugglers to condemn them to a fifth match without a win.

Nancy went into this contest having not won a league match since September. But they hoped to record a win on what was the club’s 50th anniversary of founding. Lens themselves had only picked a point from their last two matches.

The home team started better and after a few interventions by the RC Lens goalkeeper, Vachoux, they finally scored the opening goal in the 19th minute. This was courtesy of, Malian, Malaly Ndembele.

Nancy kept control of the match until the final quarter of the first half when RC Lens made effort to finish the half strongly. Karim Hafez was among those who made a shot at goal, in these moments, but the home team were able to go to the break with their lead.

The second half started as the first, only this time Lens were able to settle in quicker. Their push for an equalizer saw the best chance fall to, former Dakhleya player, Cyrille Bayala but he could not bury his chance.

The AS Nancy resistance was finally broken in the 84th minute by Karim Hafez. The defender took was on hand to gain from Abou Ba’s loss of possession outside the Nancy box. Hafez then accelerated past two markers, and into the box, to unleash a shot to the top right corner. Both teams then had to settle for a 1-1 scoreline.

The draw did little to the two side’s quest of moving away from the bottom of the table. RC Lens remain 18th but with 11 points from 14 matches. Nancy also remain on the same position, 16th, with 15 points.

I have dedicated part of my time in this bad world to following African football. From CECAFA to WAFU, COSAFA to UNAF & even the forgotten UNIFFAC.

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