Egypt set up Ivory Coast showdown

Egypt defeat Angola to tee up a repeat of the 2006 final.


Egypt’s Hosny Abd Rabou celebrates the opener [AFP]

Hosni Abd Rabou and Amr Zaki scored a goal each to help Egypt reach the semifinals of the African Cup of Nations after a 2-1 win over Angola.

Egypt will next face Ivory Coast on Thursday in a repeat of the 2006 final, which the Pharaohs won at home in a penalty shootout to claim their fifth continental title.

Abd Rabou scored a penalty to give Egypt the lead in the 23rd minute after Japanese referee Nichimura Yuichi had penalized Andre Macanga for handling in the area.

The goal was Abd Rabou’s fourth of the tournament.

Manucho levelled for Angola in the 27th, dribbling past Shady Mohamed before beating goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary from 25 metres, but Zaki took advantage of a defensive error to put Egypt back in front in the 38th.

“I am happy because we have qualified,” Egypt assistant coach Shawki Gharib said.

“We played a very good game against a good team.”

Mohamed Shawky got the game’s first chance in the eighth minute when he sent a thumping shot from 15 metres that was saved by Angola goalkeeper Lama.

Emad Motaeb’s effort missed target in the 10th after Zaki’s shot deflected off Angola defender Marco Airosa.

Angola’s Manucho brought the sides level [AFP] 

Angola began its search for another equaliser goal in the 46th.

Manucho and Flavio combined to create Angola’s first scoring opportunity in the second half but the Manchester United recruit shot wide from within the area.

Manucho was then denied by El-Hadary from close range in the 60th following a one-two with Flavio. Manucho routinely troubled the Egyptian defence.

Lama kept Angola in the game with an acrobatic save to deny Motaeb from the edge of the area in the 66th.

“We are on a rise,” Angola coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves said. “Africa can count on us.”

Egypt coach Hassan Shehata benched Mohamed Zidan and picked Abd Rabou, Motaeb and Zaki up front.

Mohamed Aboutreika starred in the Egyptian midfield in place of experienced captain Ahmed Hassan. Hassan replaced Zaki in the 70th.

Egypt won Group C with seven points to reach the last eight while Angola finished second in Group D.

Angola, which is to host the next tournament in 2010, was making its first appearance in the last eight.

Source: News Agencies