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EGYPT CRUISE INTO SEMI FINALS WITH MAXIMUM POINTS; CAMEROOUN OUT AS GHANA QUALIFIES

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Hosts Egypt secured top of Group A of the ongoing U-23 Africa Cup of Nations with maximum points, defeating Cameroon 2-1 at the Cairo International Stadium on Thursday night.
Cameroon crashed out on goal difference, after Ghana managed to beat Mali 2-0 at Al Salam Stadium in a simultaneous kickoff. Egypt topped the group with 9 points, Ghana has four (goal difference +1) while Cameroon has the same tally (Goal Difference 0). Mali trail the pack pointless.

Inform striker Mostafa Mohamed continued his outstanding tournament, adding a brace to his tally as he topped the goal scorers’ charts with four goals.
Mohamed, the talismanic striker broke the deadlock after 28 minutes, only for Eric Ayuk to equalize for Cameroon ten minutes later as the first half ended in a 1-1 draw.

But Mohamed continued his brace, securing maximum points for the Olympic Pharaohs with a trademark towering header six minutes after the break, to raise his side’s tally to nine points from three consecutive victories.

Elsewhere at Al Salam Stadium, also in Cairo, Owusu Kwabena scored a brace for Ghana’s Black Meteors after the break as his side cruised into the semifinals, keeping their Tokyo 2020 Olympics dream alive.

Egypt takes on Group B runner ups on Tuesday (19 November), while Ghana face Group B winners in an earlier kickoff.

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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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