By Afeseh Apong
Seven times African Nations Cup Winners, the Pharaohs of Egypt, have edged their Sudanese counterparts one nil, in their last group D game.
Both sides jetted into Yaoundé from Garoua where they played their two previous group games. With just three points coming into the game against Sudan, Egypt needed a win to secure their eight final spot.
The Sudanese led by captain Mohamed Yousif, succeeded in keeping Mohamed Salah and his mates at bay for half an hour, but the Egyptians went in front at the 35th minute, when Mohamed Abdelmoniem headed home from Abdalla El Said’s corner kick.
Goalkeeper Mohamed Moustapha made fine save late in the first half to deny Abdellah Mohamed, as the Pharaohs searched tirelessly for another goal.
Before play resumed for the second half, Coach Burhaneldin Yousif of Sudan made two substitutions, with Mohamed Al Rashed coming in for Gumaa Omer, while goalkeeper Mohamed Moustapha ceded his place to Ali Aboeshern.
For Egypt, Zizo, Trezeguet, Hamdi Fathi and Marwan Hamdy were all given game time late in the game, but both teams failed to convert the half chances they created.
The pharaohs are through to the eighth final, finishing second in group D, with six points, behind the super Eagles of Nigeria, who won their three group games.
Nigeria defeated Guinea Bissau two nil in their last group game in Garoua.
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