Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Africa Cup of Nations match report Egypt v South Africa

Africa Cup of Nations match report Egypt v South Africa

Hosts Egypt suffered a shocking elimination from the African Cup of Nations round of 16 after conceding a late goal against South Africa on Saturday, with another lethargic display costing them dear this time around.

Salah would be a monumental absentee for the north African outfit - who scored two goals in the group stage.

Many believe that this side is nowhere near the quality of previous squads that won three successive tournaments between 2006 and 2010.

"They qualified so they have a chance like all the others", the Englishman, who is now unattached after leaving South African club Leopards two months ago, continued.

Salah, passed fit after recovering from a midweek cold that forced him to miss some training, had a shot deflected wide soon after.

Mexico-born Egypt coach Javier Aguirre altered his largely ineffective attack at half-time, bringing in veteran Ahmed Ali for Mohsen.

However, their group stage campaign was hugely unimpressive - winning just once in a narrow 1-0 victory over Namibia.

" It will obviously be a national disaster if South Africa beat them and for us it will be very disappointing if we lose the game".

"I still believe with the type of players we have, we're not bold enough to go all out and attack teams".

"We need more leadership in that team, we need the boys to go out there and stop hiding behind that "the coach said we must play like that".

"Maybe one of the jobs that we have to do is to try to quiet the crowd by being a tougher opponent than people think".

The Pharaohs are widely considered to be one of the favourites to win the tournament as they eye a record-extending eighth Afcon title.

South Africa will face arch-rivals Nigeria, who eliminated defending champions Cameroon earlier on Saturday, in the quarter-finals.

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