The Pharaohs of Egypt began their AFCON 2019 campaign with a 1-0 win over a resilient and determined Zimbabwe.
EPL joint top scorer, Mohammed Salah led his country’s front line with his nations hope on his shoulders.
The Warriors aware of his threat and pace on and off the ball were able to keep the Liverpool Man at bay freeing up Trezeguet on the opposite flank to cause lots of trouble.
Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan (Trezeguet) capped his superb performance with a fine goal in the 41st minute when he drove in from the left flank, cutting in and skipping past defenders to slot in the opener and the potential winning goal of the game for the host.
Egypt who paraded some established names in Mohammed Elneny of Arsenal, Aston Villa’s El Mohammedy, 2018 Ballon d’Or nominee Mo Salah and Kasimpasa’s Trezeguet had to leave it slim against the determined Zimbabwean side.
The win puts Egypt at the summit of Group A with three points pending on the result of the other Group A encounter between Uganda and DR Congo at 3:3 pm.