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Egypt off to winning start in Africa Cup

Egypt off to winning start in Africa Cup

Defending champions Egypt defeated Nigeria 3-1 in their opening Africa Cup of Nations Group C match at the Ombaka Stadium here on Tuesday.
Egypt coach, Hassan Shehata, said some inspired second-half substitutions helped his team to a deserved victory.
Nigeria coach, Shuaibu Amodu, said his team paid the price for some schoolboy errors.
"We played well and controlled the game especially in the first half but somehow we made some silly mistakes and we were punished," said a miserable Amodu.
Skipper Joseph Yobo said had they sustained their first half performance, they would have recorded maximum points.
The six-time champions brought to an end a 33-year-old winless run they have endured against the west Africans and, most importantly, gave them a head start to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament.
Against the run of play, Nigeria took the lead after 12 minutes through the exciting Chinedu Obasi, who powered home a left-footed rocket of a shot from outside the box beyond a diving goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary.
Emad Motaeb drew Egypt level in the 34th minute when he got to the end of a quick counter attack initiated by Wael Gomaa and skipper Ahmed Hassan to round goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and slot the ball into an empty net.
Skipper Hassan gave the champions the lead in the 54th minute when he thundered home a blinder past Enyeama from outside the 18-yard box.
Mozambique deny Benin first Nations Cup victory
Mozambique held Benin to a 2-2 draw here Tuesday night to deny the west Africans their first-ever victory at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Angola 2010 is Benin’s third Nations Cup appearance after they debuted in the competition at the 2004 edition in Tunisia and had they defended an early two goal lead, they would have been celebrating their inaugural victory in the tournament.


Updated : 2021-10-18 10:06 GMT+08:00