Friendly Egypt begin Hossam Hassan reign with Zew Zealand victory

Egypt kept their recent undefeated record against the All Whites intact in Hossam Hassan’s first game in charge with a scratchy win in Cairo at the brand new 93,000-seat Egypt Stadium on Friday.

The seven-time African champion Pharaohs defeated the All Whites 1-0 in their FIFA Series clash, courtesy of a Mustafa Mohamed penalty in the first half. The game was part of the FIFA Series 2024 international window, with Egypt now progressing to take on the victors of Croatia and Tunisia in the final.

Despite having to do without Mo Salah, Hossam Hassan named a strong lineup against New Zealand in their opening game led by Mostafa Mohamed and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Omar Marmoush. The decisive moment came after the on-field referee opted to wave the play on when New Zealand defender Nando Pijnaker collected Eman Ashour in a heavy challenge approaching the half-hour mark.

The Egypt players were pleading for a penalty to be awarded in their favour, with Ashour taking a heavy fall during the attacking move. He left the pitch injured and was seen in tears on the touchline holding his shoulder with a suspected dislocation to the joint.

VAR checked the play, with the referee then changing his decision. Mustafa Mohamed stepped up to ruthlessly dispatch the ball high into the back of the net for his 13th international goal past the hands of New Zealand keeper Max Crocombe in the 29th minute.

The All Whites created dangerous chances of their own as Sarpreet Singh and captain Liberato Cacace combined smoothly up front. The decisive moment came after the on-field referee opted to wave the play on when New Zealand defender Nando Pijnaker collected Eman Ashour in a heavy challenge approaching the half-hour mark.

The Egypt players were pleading for a penalty to be awarded in their favour, with Ashour taking a heavy fall during the attacking move.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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