Panic sets in among Egyptians

Bafana can eliminate Pharaohs

South Africa can eliminate seven-time African champions Egypt on Sunday if they avoid defeat in a crunch Group G qualifying match for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Match Details

Egypt vs South Africa Competition: 2012 AFCON qualifier Date: June 5, 2011 Time: 8.30pm Venue: Cairo Military Academy Stadium Broadcast: Live on SABC 1

Panic sets in among the Egyptians

Sierra Leone beat Niger 1-0 in Freetown on Saturday, June 4, to blow Group G wide open but most importantly for South Africa, they will return home from Egypt still top of the group regardless of their result in Cairo. Bafana are on seven points after three matches, while Niger are on six from four matches and Sierra Leone lie in third with five points in four matches.

Egypt are languishing at the basement with a single point from three matches and panic has set in among the Egyptians on realisation that if they fail to beat Bafana Bafana, then Hassan Shehata’s charges will officially be ruled out of qualifying for next year’s finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Based on what has gathered, the Egyptian people are not a confident lot heading into this match.

Bafana in the driving seat

Sierra Leone’s 1-0 win over Niger 1-0 on Saturday stands Bafana in good stead and a win against the North Africans will put Pitso Mosimane’s team within touching distance of qualification. It makes for an interesting battle.

Egypt vs South Africa – previous meetings

South Africa 2 (Mkhalele 14’, Bartlett 17’) Egypt 0 – Four Nations Cup - 24/11/1995 South Africa 0 Egypt 1 (El Kass 7’) – Afcon ’96 - 24/01/1996 Egypt 2 (A. Hassan 4’, Mostafa 12’) South Africa 0 – Afcon Final ’98 - 28/02/1998 South Africa 2 (B. McCarthy 40’, 74’) Egypt 1 (H. Hassan 34’) – Friendly - 16/12/1998 South Africa 1 (Bartlett 53’) Egypt 0 – Friendly – 10/11/2001 Egypt 2 (Abdelhadi 72’, Hossam 89’) South Africa 1 (B. McCarthy 41’) – Friendly – 15/11/2003 Egypt 1 (Zaki 24pen’) South Africa 2 (Zaki 13og’, B. McCarthy 44’) – Friendly – 14/01/2006 Egypt 1 (Moteab 3’) South Africa 0 – Friendly – 15/11/2006 South Africa 1 (Mphela 90’) Egypt 0 – Afcon qualifier - 26/03/2011

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa in Cairo