RELIVE: Egypt v Botswana (Friendly)

Ahram Online , Monday 14 Oct 2019

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Monday's friendly match between Egypt and Botswana amid preparations for the 2021 African Nations Cup finals

LIVE: Egypt v Botswana (Friendly)
LIVE: Egypt v Botswana (Friendly)

Full time: Egypt 1-0 Botswana
Scorers: Hamdy Fathi 74


90+4 Hossam Hassan awarded a free-kick, but Trezeguet misses the chance to score for Egypt

90' A chance for Botswana, but keeper Awaad cleverly saves the ball

90' The referee adds five minutes of stoppage time.

86' Egypt dominate the game in the dying minutes, look close to earn their first win under new coach El-Badry

83' The sixth substitution for Egypt as Omar El-Saied replaces Hussien El-Shahat.

80' The Fifth substitution for Egypt.. Omar Gaber replaces Tarek Hamed. Both coaches changed their minds over the number of substitutions 

81' The game is now more exciting. Egypt put more pressure to double the score, while Botswana players are trying to restore some balance

74' After receiving a perfect pass from teammate Mahmoud Alaa, substitute Hamdy Fathi scores his first international goal in his first ever appearance with the national team 

74' GOAAAL for Egypt

69' Striker Hossam Hassan replaces Kouka

67' Another missed chance by Kouka.. What a bad day for the Braga striker !!

64' Substitute Afsha sends a strong shot but the keeper is on target again

63' second substitution for Botswana

60' Third substitution for Egypt .. Goalkeeper Mohamed Awaad introduced 

60' A superb effort by right-winger Ahmed Fathi who breaks clear, but Kouka misses the chance to score

59' Second substitution for Egypt as playmaker Mohamed Magdy Afsha replaces Abdalla El-Saied

57' First substitution for Botswana

57' Egypt are completely in control of the ball against toothless Botswana

53' Egypt makes their first substitution, defensive midfielder Hamdy Ftahi is introduced, replacing Mohamed Elneny

52' Early pressure from Egypt.. Kouka wastes an easy chance to score

46' Both teams agreed on making four substitutions for each during the match

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time.

41' Egypt players intensify their attacks. while their opponents are still deploying a defensive strategy

37' A yellow card for Botswana coach

36' Botswana keeper superbly saves his net from a certain goal after denying a strong shot by Abdalla El-Saied

32' A yellow card for Botswana player Maano Ditshupo

31' Egypt's El-Saied delivers a perfect pass again for Hussien El-Shahat who sends the ball away; missing a golden chanced to score 

27' Movements of Egypt's active duo Abdalla Gomaa and Abdalla El-Saied imposes a real threat, but the team needs to be more organized to reach the goal

23' Egypt players reach the goal in different occasions , but the visitors keep a tightened defense

19' Egypt gets full control of the game.. After a nice pass from teamatae Abdalla El-Saied, playmaker Mahmoud Trezeguet misses a chance to score the opener as Botswana keeper denied the ball perfectly

17' Kouka misses a new chance after sending a close header over the bar

14' A chance for Egypt.. Kouka sends a long and strong ball, but the keeper was on target

11' Egypt players dominate the ball, striker Kouka asks for a penalty but in vain

8' Egypt team misses the usual support of their fans as only 10,000 supporters are attending the match at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab stadium. The limited number is for security reasons.

3' A strong start for the match as both teams search for netting the opener early

1' Match is underway

18:50 Egypt's playing style could be a different one starting from the Botswana match. 

"I am thinking about changing the playing style according to the available players, and we will do that if we have enough time," El-Badry said in an interview with Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi magazine published earlier this month.

"It is necessary to have more than one playing style to face the different challenges in the matches.

18:40 Ahly's veteran right-back and Egypt's skipper Ahmed Fathi returns to national duty for the first time today as he was away since being excluded by former coach Javier Aguirre from the African Cup of Nations that was held at home last summer.


18:30 The former Ahly coach, who helped Ahly win four Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy in 2012, is hoping to realise similar success with the Egyptian national team.

18:00 "The coming period needs a lot of work as we are looking for success. All Egyptians have been frustrated with the Pharaohs' previous results in the Nations Cup, but our target is to make the Egyptians proud of their national team," he added.

17:50 "The Botswana friendly is important as we are keen to test the players before the start of the Nations Cup qualifiers," Hossam El-Badry told reporters.

17:25 Starting line ups:

Egypt: Mohamed El-Shennawi; Ahmed Fathi, Mahmoud Alaa, Ahmed Hegazi, Abdalla Gomaa, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Hussien El-Shahat, Abdalla El-Saied, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Ahmed Hassan Kouka

17:15 The four players are Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan (Aston Villa), Ahmed 'Kouka' Hassan (SC Braga), Mohamed Elneny (Besiktas) and Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich).

17:00 Hossam El-Badry, who took over last month following the sacking of Mexican Javier Aguirre, has called up 23 players for this friendly, including four foreign-based players.

16:00 Egypt will start their campaign in the Nations Cup qualifiers on 14 November when they host Kenya before facing Comoros in an away game four days later.

15:00 Some 10,000 Egyptian fans will be allowed to attend Egypt’s friendly against Botswana at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab stadium, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced.

14:00 Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah has been excluded from Egypt national team squad, as newly appointed coach Hossam El-Badry aims to give the winger a chance to take a rest.

13:00 Egypt's probable lineup:Mohamed El-Shennawi; Ahmed Fathi, Mahmoud Alaa, Ahmed Hegazi, Abdalla Gomaa, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Hussien El-Shahat, Abdalla El-Saied, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Ahmed Hassan, Ahmed Kouka

12:30 Egypt's newly appointed coach Hossam El-Badry will be keen to make a good impression with the Pharaohs when they face Botswana on Monday.

Venue: Borg El-Arab Stadium

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