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AFCON Qualifiers: Egypt Suffers Embarrassing Defeat to Ethiopia

Thu 09 Jun 2022 | 10:11 PM

On Thursday, Ethiopia managed to secure a 2-0 important win over Egypt in Malawi in the second round of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers.

Egypt was forced to enter the game without many of their key players, most notably skipper Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Ahmed Hegazi, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Yasser Ibrahim, and Ahmed Fetouh.

Unexpectedly, Ethiopia were dominating every inch of the pitch from the get-go and managed to take the lead after just 20 minutes after Abubeker Nassir skillfully dribbled past Mahmoud Alaa, before his low cross was turned in by Dawa Hotessa.

Less than five minutes later, Ethiopia nearly got their second of the game as Abubeker Nassir found himself through on goal from the halfway line, before putting the ball past Abou-Gabal, but his effort rebounded off the post and out to goalkick.

This wasn’t the end of it, Ethiopia then had a goal by Nassir ruled out for offside on Shimelis Bekele in the 35th minute, but they finally managed to make it 2-0 just a few minutes later.

Egyptian Premier League veteran Shimelis Bekele managed to find space behind the Egyptian defences and played a one-two pass with Amanuel Gebremichael, before firing past Abou-Gabal from close range.

Following this, Egypt had their only two real chances of the game, the first came after Atef played Refaat’s cross to Omar Kamal, whose strike went just wide, before Ibrahim Adel created another from a solo effort, but was denied by the keeper.

The remaining minutes didn’t witness anything new and Ethiopia claimed a historic victory over Egypt, their first against the Pharaohs since 1989. It also marks the first time Egypt have conceded two goals against Ethiopia since 1962.

With Guinea’s late victory over Malawi, all four teams now are equal on points with three each ahead of the next round which will see the Pharaohs host Malawi next September.

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