Egypt held by Niger AFCON Qualifier

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Egypt held by Niger AFCON Qualifier. Egypt had already qualified for the finals and faced a Niger team who had already been eliminated.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts, Egypt, were held to a 1-1 draw away to Niger, in the final qualifier of Group J on Saturday.

Egypt replaced Cameroon as 2019 hosts in January. Pharaohs coach Javier Aguirre fielded an experimental Egypt side in Niamey with many top stars missing, including Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead as substitute Mahmoud Trezeguet struck just after the break to put Egypt ahead.

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Niger missed a penalty eight minutes later, but they did get their equaliser thanks to Amadou Moutari in the 82nd minute. Tunisia – who beat eSwatini 4-0 on Friday night – finished top of Group J on 15 points with Egypt second, two points adrift.

Earlier on Saturday, Burundi secured their first-ever Nations Cup qualification with a 1-1 draw against Gabon who are eliminated. Also on Saturday, Cameroon were 3-0 winners over Comoros in Yaounde, to keep the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations crown alive.

On Friday, Angola sealed their place at the finals in Egypt with a 1-0 win away to Botswana in their final match of Group I.

Source: BBC News

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