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EGYPT SET TO CONTINUE DOMINANCE OVER ZIMBABWE

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

The obvious Africa Cup of Nations super powers, Egypt are the overwhelming favourites to win the opening match with Zimbabwe as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations gets underway in Cairo this Friday evening.

While Egypt are aiming for a record extending eighth win of the continental premier competition, Zimbabwe have never crossed the group stage in their previous three appearances.

Going into the opening match amidst payment dispute, the Zimbabweans are unlikely to create any upset.

The scorecard also indicates the overwhelming dominance of Egypt. In 12 previous clashes, the Egyptians won seven times, drew four and lost just once.

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Egypt vs Zimbabwe: Head to head

  • Egypt 1-0 Zimbabwe (1984 World Cup Qualifiers)
  • Zimbabwe 1-1 Egypt (1984 World Cup Qualifiers)
  • Zimbabwe 2-1 Egypt (1992 World Cup Qualifiers)
  • Egypt 2-1 Zimbabwe (1993 World Cup Qualifiers)
  • Egypt 0-0 Zimbabwe (1993 World Cup Qualifiers)
  • Egypt 2-2 Zimbabwe (1995 Friendly)
  • Zimbabwe 1-1 Egypt (1999 Friendly)
  • Zimbabwe 1-2 Egypt (2004 Nations Cup)
  • Egypt 2-0 Zimbabwe (2004 Friendly)
  • Egypt 2-0 Zimbabwe (2006 Friendly)
  • Egypt 2-1 Zimbabwe (2013 World Cup Qualifiers)
  • Zimbabwe 2-4 Egypt (2013 World Cup Qualifiers)

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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