Egypt’s National team have defeated Liberia 1-0 in a friendly as the Pharaohs prepare for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series, later this month.
Al Ahly winger Hamdi Fathi scored the decisive goal as Pharaohs of Egypt defeated the Lone Star of Liberia 1-0 at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Thursday in their final buildup game ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Hamdi Fathi scored the Pharaohs only goal of the game in the 85th minute as it was enough to get the victory for Hossam El-Badry,men in the final preparation game,ahead of the tie with Kenya on 14 November and away to Comoros on 18 November,on the road to Cameroon Yaoūnde 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Local Lone Star battled hard to find the Equalizer in the last few minutes, but were unable to find a way past the well- Composed Pharaohs’defence led by the experience Fathy Ahmed of Al Ahly.The Egyptians started the game fiercely, when Mohamed Magdy ‘Afsha’ released Ahmed Sayed ‘Zizo’ behind Liberia’s backline, however,the winger’s right footed strike missed the target by a narrow margin less than one minute into the game.
Just three minutes later, the Pharaohs wasted another glorious opportunity to snatch the lead, when Zizo sent a crossed freekick towards Mahmoud Alaa, whose header went inches wide.
The Egyptian than suffered a huge blow, as Hussain El-Shafat was forced off the pitch in the 40th minute, after picking up a serious injury following a careless challenge from Liberia’s defender, Benjamin Doe.
” Against the run of play, Liberia nearly took the lead in the 80th minute, through Sam Jakson who received a crossed ball in a dangerous zone, but failed to convert past Mohamed El-Shennawy.
Five minutes before the fulltime whistle, Mohamed Hany went up the right flank and sent a ground cross to Fathi, who finished the ball into the back of the net with a brilliant first touch.
Peter Butler , side were reduced to 10 men in 87th minute, after Liscr forward Christopher Jackson was shown a red card for his second bookable offend.
The seven-time African Champions were playing without their foreign-based stars,ahead of the game with Kenya.
Meanwhile, the game was the fifth meeting between the two countries,since they first met in 1989 and the Pharaohs has a better head to head record against their Liberian opponents, collecting three wins and losing two matches.