Egypt officially qualifies for the Nations of Africa after a draw against Kenya – Al Riyadi – Arab stadiums


The Egyptian national football team qualified for the upcoming African Nations Championship in Cameroon in 2022, by drawing 1-1 with its Kenyan host today, Thursday, in the fifth and penultimate round of the qualifiers for the competition.

The “Pharaohs” were presented by Muhammad Majdi “Afsha” (2), while Abdullah Hassan scored a tie for Kenya (65).

The Kenyan team completed the last quarter of an hour of the match with ten players, after defender Johnston Omorwa was sent off for deliberately hitting Mustafa Muhammad without a ball (75).

With that result, the Egyptians continued to lead in Group G with 9 points and goal difference from the Comoros national team, which qualified for the first time in its history for the finals after a negative draw with Togo.

The two teams will meet next Tuesday to determine the first and second group, while the Kenyan team remains third with 4 points, two points ahead of bottom-of-the-table Togo.

The first half of the match was technically average, with control and possession by the Kenyan national team in most periods, amid a defensive retreat for the Pharaohs, despite the early goal by Afsha, taking advantage of Muhammad Hani’s cross and around it with a shot in the upper left corner of goalkeeper Ian Otieno (2).

After the goal, the Kenyan team pressed in an effort to equalize, and there were many corner kicks and crosses through the two-flank Hassan and Kenneth Muguna, and the most prominent opportunities did not bear fruit in the minutes (8, 25, and 48).

Mohamed Salah almost doubled the score for the Egyptian team, after a counterattack, but his shot went over the crossbar (51).

But the pressure of the Kenyans ultimately resulted in the equalizer in the 65th minute, after the Pharaohs’ defense failed to disperse a corner kick that bounced off the left post of goalkeeper Muhammad al-Shennawi, and reached Hassan, who landed it in the net.

Thanks to that tie, the Egyptian national team reached nine points, leading in Group A, on goal difference, from their pursuit of the Comoros.

The two teams have already formally qualified for the tournament that will be held next January in Cameroon, and are competing for the lead in the final round, head-to-head in the match that will be held in Cairo.

While the Kenya national team reached four points, it occupies third place.

Togo occupies fourth place with only two points.

That qualification became the 25th in the history of the Pharaohs to the African Nations Cup.

The Egyptian national team is the dominant player in the title, having been crowned seven times before in a record number in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

The Egyptian national team won second place in the African Nations twice, in 1962 and 2017.

While he won the third place three times in 1963, 1970 and 1974.

The Egyptian national team ranked fourth three times, in 1976, 1980 and 1984



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