You are here
Home > Africa Cup Of Nations > AFCON 2017: Egypt reaches semis

AFCON 2017: Egypt reaches semis

The seven times African champions, Egypt has reached the semi final of the 2017 AFCON after a late goal from Mahmoud Kharaba saw them beat their North African rival, Morocco at Port Gentil.

Egypt has not beaten Morocco since 1986 going into the game and needed to break that record if they wanted to advance in the tournament. Egypt has also not lost a game in 22 AFCON matches and have conceded just a goal in the last 8 matches going into the quarter final with Morocco but after 90 mins plus three minutes additional time of football, it was the Pharaohs who prevailed to meet Burkina Faso on Wednesday.

Morocco had so many chances in the first half but could not buried them. Egypt had their own but was the same story of the day. The North African affair turned out to be intriguing and tight as both managers; Hector Kuiper for Egypt and Herve Rehnard for Morocco shown their tactical prowess.

The game came into life in the second half as both sides fired at each other with Morocco going closest twice of taking the lead but in the 88th minute of the game, it was substitute Mahmoud Kharaba who capitalised on Medhi Benatia blunder to give the seven times champions the lead.

Morocco went forward in search of the equaliser but it was Egypt who won 1-0 after full time.

The win means Egypt qualifies to the semi finals and will play Burkina Faso on Wednesday starting 19:00GMT at Libreville.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: