Egypt's coach Hossam El-Badry
Egypt coach Hossam El-Badry said a late 1-1 draw away to Gabon in Sunday's World Cup qualifier was a satisfying result given the "difficult circumstances" his side had to endure.
Striker Mostafa Mohamed came off the bench to score on 90 minutes and secure a share of spoils after Gabon had taken a 73rd-minute lead through substitute Jim Allevinah.
Egypt played with ten men for 19 minutes after midfielder Omar Gaber was red-carded for a second bookable offence.
El-Badry threw caution to the wind after Egypt fell behind, introducing the likes of Mohamed, veteran schemer Abdallah El-Said and deep-lying forward Salah Mohsen.
"I'm fully satisfied with the game's result, especially given the red card," El-Badry told ONtime sports.
"We had to make attacking substitutions towards the end. A risk was needed.
"We faced many difficult circumstances during the last period but we earned a positive result," he added, referring to the little time the team were given to prepare for their opening two World Cup qualifiers.
El-Badry said Egypt would get better following a lackluster display in an opening 1-0 home win over Angola but they were once again feeble, with even the return of Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah failing to spur them into action.
The Pharaohs top Group F with four points, one behind second-placed Libya who can move top if they beat Angola on Tuesday.
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