RELIVE: Kenya v Egypt (2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers)

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Mar 2021

Ahram Online provided a live update coverage of Thursday's match between Kenya and Egypt in the 5th round of the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers

Kenya Vs Egypt
Combined image of Michael Olunga and Mohamed Salah.

Full time: Kenya 1-1 Egypt
Scorers: Abdallah Hassan 65/ Magdi Afsha 2

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt are through to next year's Nations Cup finals in Cameroon with one match to spare in Group G. Thanks for following our live updates! 

90' The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time. 

87' Egypt make another double substitution. Striker Hossam Hassan replaces Mostafa Mohamed and Pyramids winger Mohamed Farouk replaces Afsha. 

85' Egypt move the ball around but are still finding it hard to create openings. 

79' Mostafa Mohamed just fails to control a diagonal cross from Mohamed Salah. Can Egypt find a winner in the last 10 minutes? They will try to make their numerical advantage count. 

76' Kenya's full-back Johnstone Omurwa is red-carded for elbowing Mostafa Mohamed in an off-the-ball incident.

75' What a chance for Kenya! They are denied a certain goal following a dreadful defensive blunder.  

72' Kenya's Daniel Sakari receives a yellow card. 

72' Egypt make another substitution. Midfielder Hamdi Fathi, who looks to have suffered an injury, makes way for Omar Gaber. 

68' Kenya make a double substitution. Cliff Nyakeya replaces Masud Juma and Duncan Otieno replaces Abdallah Hassan. 

67' Kenya get a deserved equaliser after wasting some good chances. Egypt pay the price of a sluggish performance tonight! 

65' Hassan slots home from close range following a goal-mouth scramble, with Egypt substitute El-Sulaya twice failing to clear the ball before it rebounded off El-Shennawi and fell to Hassan. 

65' Goal for Kenya! Abdallah Hassan equalises 

62' Egypt make a double substitution. Ahly's forward Mohamed Sherif replaces Trezeguet and midfielder Amr El-Sulaya replaces Tarek Hamed. 

61' Kenya miss a golden chance to equalize! Abdallah Hassan is found unmarked at the far post but he sends a free header over the bar. 

60' Salah remains a peripheral figure so far. He is hardly fed in the final third! 

58' Another chance for Kenya! Abdallah Hassan breaks free on the right hand side of the area but his angled shot goes just over the bar. 

55' Kenya make their first substitution. Duke Abuya replaces Akumu.

55' Egypt and Ahly's in-form keeper El-Shennawi receives treatment after landing awkwardly on his foot. 

51' A double chance for Egypt! Mostafa Mohamed breaks clear but fails to round the keeper. The ball then falls to Afsha, who squares the ball to Salah but the Liverpool talisman's shot goes high over from a good scoring position.  

48' The first chance for Kenya in the second half! El-Shennawi's smothers a shot before a follow-up effort from the lively Olunga hits the side netting. 

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' A far-post header from Kenya's Olunga goes high over. 

41' A goal for Kenya is disallowed! Masud Juma is adjudged to have handled the ball as he skipped past Mohamed Hani on the right hand side of the area and blasted home. 

38' A Kenyan winger cuts inside but sends a tame shot that is easily collected by El-Shennawi. 

37' Kenya have the better possession but Egypt defence remains comfortable. 

34' Kenya's pace causes problems for Egypt on the break. 

29' Egypt's Mahmoud Hamdi almost scores an own goal! His attempted clearance narrowly misses the target. 

26' Egypt regain their control, albeit without creating goal-scoring chances. 

24' Kenya's Anthony Akumu tries his luck from the edge of the area but his shot is blocked by El-Shennawi. 

21' An Egypt corner causes mayhem in the area but Kenya's defence clears following a goal-mouth scramble. 

18' Egypt are denied a certain penalty after a crude challenge on winger Mahmoud Trezeguet. The referee waves play on! 

17' A close-range back header from a Kenyan forward is saved by  El-Shennawi. 

17' Kenya have the upper hand now as Egypt are pegged back. 

14' A chance for Kenya! Olunga is picked out at the far post by a left-wing cross but he miscues his effort with the goal at his mercy. Egypt eases off after a strong start. 

11' A swerving Kenyan corner is tipped over the bar by El-Shennawi. 

11' Egypt defender Mahmoud El-Wensh makes a timely interception to clear a low Kenyan cross. 

8' A mistake by Egypt midfielder Tarek Hamed sees him send a poor back pass that is intercepted by Michael Olunga, whose low shot is collected by Egypt keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi. 

6' A long Kenyan throw-in is cleared by Egypt's defence. The Pharaohs make an impressive start to the game! 

5' Egypt's left-back Ahmed Mansour receives treatment after a Kenyan cross hit him.

2' Playmaker Magdi Afsha opens the scoring very early! Mohamed Hani exchanges passes with Salah on the right flank and pulls the ball back, with a clever dummy from Mostafa Mohamed allowing the ball to roll to Afsha, who took it in his stride and blasted an unstoppable shot into the top near corner. 


The match is underway 

Starting Lineups:

Kenya: Ian Otieno, Daniel Sakari, Eric Ouma, Johsnton Omurwa, Joash Onyango, Anthony Akumu, Kenneth Muguna, Lawrence Juma, Abdallah Hassan, Masud Juma, Michael Olunga

Mohamed El Shennawi – Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud "El Wensh" Hamdi, Ahmed Hegazi, Mohamed Hani – Tarek Hamed, Hamdi Fathi - Mahmoud Trezeguet, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi, Mohamed Salah – Mostafa Mohamed 

16:30 Coach Hossam El Badri has kept his usual 4-2-3-1 formation but has made a surprising move of benching Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

16:00 Egypt need a point today to secure their passage to the AFCON

14:30 Kenya coach Jacob Mulee believes the game against Egypt will be difficult as his team will face one of the biggest teams in Africa with more talented players in their squad.

"We didn't achieve any previous victory over Egypt so our main target is to win the game to keep our hopes of reaching the finals alive," Mulee said ahead of the game.

14:00 Egypt recovered from the unexpected  shocking draws with Kenya and Comoros in their first two matches in Group G, when they claimed two home and away victories over Togo, which put them in a pole position to book one of the group's two tickets to Cameroon.

13:00 Liverpool's winger Mohamed Salah is available for the first time in Egypt's African Nations Cup qualifying group as the Pharaohs seek to secure passage to the Cameroon finals away to Kenya on Thursday.

Venue: Nyayo National Stadium (Kenya)

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The two teams' ranking in Group G:
(1st with eight points after playing four games)
Kenya (3rd with three points after playing four games)

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