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Egypt’s El-Hodoud claim narrow win in Confederation Cup

Egypt’s Haras El-Hodoud claim narrow win over DR Congo side Motema Pembe in the African Confederation Cup

Hatem Maher , Sunday 24 Apr 2011
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Egyptian side Haras El-Hodoud will take a slender advantage into the second leg of the African Confederation Cup third round after beating DR Congo club Motema Pembe 2-1 in Cairo on Sunday.

The Alexandria-based club went ahead after 17 minutes when striker Ahmed Hassan Mekki dived to head home a deep cross from the left.

Striker Tresor Matondo brought Pembe level four minutes later after making the most of a defensive lapse.

He nipped in between defenders Islam Radwan and Ahmed Saied ‘Oka’ to run onto a through ball and notch home with aplomb.  

Oka made amends nine minutes after the break when he converted a penalty awarded for a foul on Ahmed Salem to restore El-Hodoud’s advantage.

The hosts, who were affected by the absence of influential forwards Ahmed Eid and Ahmed Abdel-Ghany, piled on pressure late in the game but could not extend their lead.

“I believe the result could have been better for us,” Pembe’s Tunisian coach Mohamed Nassr El-Dine said in a television interview after the match.

“We could have done better but we failed to take advantage of the absences in El-Hodoud’s squad.”

El-Hodoud will be looking to defend their slender lead when they face Pembe in Kinshasa in a fortnight.

The Egyptian Cup holders failed to get beyond the Confederation Cup’s group stage during the past three seasons.

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