Egypt's Elneny praises 'organised' Mali after 0-0 draw

Mohamed Mosselhi , Tuesday 17 Jan 2017,
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Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny hard words of praise for Mali, who proved a stiff opponent in a 0-0 draw in their opening African Cup of Nations clash on Tuesday. 

The Pharaohs failed to unlock a watertight Malian defence in a dour Group D game at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon, which witnessed few clear-cut chances.

"We played a good game against a tough opponent," Arsenal's Elneny told beIN Sports after the game.

"We were really surprised with how good they are in terms of defensive organisation. They knew how to stop our key players.''

The 25-year-old said Egypt still have a good chance to reach the second round despite Tuesday's draw.

"There are two matches remaining in the group and we have a good chance to qualify," he added.

Egypt will face Uganda on Saturday before ending the group stage with an anticipated clash against Ghana, who defeated Uganda 1-0 earlier this day. 

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