CAN-2010 - Egypt's successful entry against Nigeria
Benguela (Angola) – Double African champion, Egypt did not miss its first steps in the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Nigeria (3-1), who had, however, opened the scoring on Tuesday game in Benguela Group C of the C-2010.
- Emad Motaeb (34), Ahmed Hassan (54) and Mohamed Nagy (87) gave the victory to the winner of the CAN-2006 and 2008, after the opener Edu Chinedu Obasi (12).
The trauma is treated. Egypt, the best team in Africa for four years, overcame its absence at the World Cup in South Africa and the broken dreams of a generation aged thirty who will probably never play.
The "Pharaohs" devastated by their absence in the World Cup, that Egypt has not played since 1990 after the defeat in support game against Algeria (0-1 in Khartoum), showed that they could target a tripled even without their star Mohamed Aboutrika, injured in his foot and away from the CAN.
As a metaphor for his morale, shattered by the failure of Khartoum, Egypt was first folded against the "Super Eagles", quickly led 1-0 with a goal of Obasi struck a cross (12).
But Emad Motaeb tied (34) on an exit too far from its goal of Vincent Enyeama, little supported by a defense misaligned before the collective Egyptian machine rehearsed five seasons playing together under the authority of Hassan Shehata, put in motion.
Captain Ahmed Hassan gave the advantage to his team a shot (54) deflected a buttock by Taye Taiwo before Nagy embellishes a deserved victory of "Pharaohs" (87).
The Nigerians, whose collective flaws seemed yawning against an Egyptian cohesion, could not compete. Narrowly qualified for South Africa, they have a team as powerful as that of the golden age of 1994-98 (Okocha, Amuneke, Yekini ...), which made of the "Green Eagles", "Super Eagles".
John Obi Mikel, the star of Chelsea, tried to rouse his team, but he missed a class and run a sufficient pool of players deep enough to compete with Egypt. Makes you wonder how the Pharaohs could be eliminated by Algeria, yesterday swept by the lowly Malawi (0-3) ...
Ennaharonline/ M. O.