Egypt have qualified to the semi finals after seeing off a stubborn Angola 3 0 in a Group B clash on Friday in Laayoune.
A deflected shot from Mohamed Mohamed and Ahmed Mohamed’s strike gave the Egyptians a 2 0 half time lead before Abdelrahman Mohamed scored the third in the second half to break off a stubborn Angola side.
After two rounds of matches, the Egyptians are on six points, three ahead of second placed Angola and will assure themselves of finishing top of the group with at least a point against Mozambique on Sunday.
The Egyptians got into the lead five minutes into the game when Mohamed’s shot from a corner deflected heavily on a defender, leaving the keeper with no chance. Egypt kept the pressure with their pressing game though Angola were difficult to crack down.
However, they doubled their lead with seven minutes left, again from another well executed corner. Ibrahim Bekhit laid up the ball for Ahmed whose first time shot caught the keeper off guard.
Angola came back better in the second half and had more offensive movements in the opening few minutes of the game. Magno Felipe Gomes had two attempts with shots from outside the arc, both of which flew inches wide while star player Joao Cambangula was denied with a brilliant save by the keeper.
Their failure to convert the chances haunted them as the Egyptians got the much needed third goal to cool their nerves, Ahmed setting up Abdelrahman on the right before the latter swung in a brilliant shot that beat the keeper.
Angola must win their final match against debutants Guinea on Sunday to have a chance of progressing to the semis as the second placed team from the group.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)