22 March 2013

Egypt/Benin: Egypt Makes It Three Out of Three With a Win Over Benin

Egypt U-20 side completed a clean sweep of their group games with a comfortable 1-0 win over Benin during Group A match of the 2013 Orange CAF Championship played at Ahmed Zabana Stadium in Oran. Egypt will now be joined from Group A in the semi-finals by Ghana who beat hosts, Algeria 2-0 in the other match played simultaneously at Ain Temouchent

Striker Mahmoud benefitted from some unconvincing defending ghosting in behind defender Koffi Kassa to shot home from 5 meters out for the opening goal.

Egypt looked comfortable and hardly troubled by Benin for the greater part of the game. Benin worked hard and never gave up and made up lack of quality with sheer determination and commitment. In the second half , the West Africans saw more of the ball and had a period they camped in the Egyptian half but their work in the final third let them down, as did their accuracy in front of goal. The hard work was epitomized by captain Kamarou Koukpere who anchored the backline but so often would venture on runs into the opposition half trying to find his forwards with passes. Another Benin player involved in some of their good play was Agossa Bonou who had some bruising battles with Egyptian midfielder Hossam Mohamed .

After the interval Benin upped their game and could have equalized from a well worked out move involving Ulrich Quenum and Kola Raimi but the overhead kick from Gbenga Lanignan missed the goal by centimeters. Benin was working hard for their first goal but it wasn't to come and Egypt weathered the later charge to hold on to their third win in as many match.

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