Egypt turned an easy day against eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) into three more points, winning 4-1 to get one step closer to reaching the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.
It was a flawless first-half from the Pharaohs, with serious effort, fabulous interchange, and goals.
Team Captain Ahmed Elmohamady opened the scoring with a tap-in from close range, before Amr Warda, Mahmoud Trezeguet, and Mohamed Salah rounded the scoring with exquisite efforts of their own.
As if inevitably, Egypt couldn’t muster up the motivation to keep their rapid pace up for a fourth straight half, after a full effort vs. Niger last month and a banner opening 45 minutes against eSwatini.
Despite controlling the flow the match, finishing and concentration were lackluster, and it was the visitors that scored the half’s lone goal; Sibonginkhosi Gamedze chipping goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy who was creeping off of his line.
Mohamed Salah seemed to receive a knock late in the match, but walked off on his own power and didn’t seem to be in too much pain. It looked to either be a groin or thigh strain, but there has been no official word yet.
The two teams will square-off again on Tuesday, this time in Mbabane.
The Pharaohs have six points from three matches in Group J, tied with Tunisia who have a match in hand. The top two teams in each group will qualify for AFCON 2019 in Cameroon.