The victory took Egypt to the top of the group and they stay in Marrakech while Gabon who beat Cote d’ Ivoire to claim second spot will play Senegal in the first semi in Tangiers next Tuesday (6th December)
In an entertaining match that could have produced a goal avalanche Egypt proved more clinical in front of goal getting their goals from Mohamed El Nenny in the 46th minute and Marouan Mohsen in the 63rd minute.
In the 16th minute El Shenawi came off his goal line chase a loose ball together with Sameehg Doutie of South Africa , the keeper got to the ball first but as it bounced away from him onto an on-rushing Sangweni the keeper only succeeded in bringing the South African down right on the edge of the penalty box. South Africa failed to make the most of the free –kick though.
El Senawi was called upon to make some saves that kept the Egyptians in the game but his opposite number Brilliant Khuzwayo was also thwarting Egyptian forwards as the game opened up with chances galore. Egypt’s Omar Gaber earned his side a free-kick off the edge of the box after his mazy run had Thulani Hlatshwayo yellow carded for pulling Gaber down.
A fiercely struck left foot stinger by Ghaly Mohamed Salah was beaten back into play by Khuzwayo and the half time whistle brought the first half to an end at nil-nil largely so because of the goalkeepers’ brilliance.
The fans had hardly taken their seats from the break with the referee’s whistle barely died down when Egypt ‘s Mohamed El Nenny picked up a ball just outside the box turned and shot at goal for the opener. South Africa responded with meaningful attacks but the Egyptian keeper was having a blinder and what he didn’t save was taken care of by the defence.
In the 63rd minute Egypt crafted another well constructed move with Mohamed Ahmed Abd El Baset dribbling past a defender before playing in Al Fathy on the left flank who in turn crossed for Marouan Mohsen at the near post to score with a diving header.
South Africa went close with a dropping volley from Eugene Riaan which was going in until El Shenawi got a hand to divert it away for a corner. Both sides had opportunities to score but a combination of poor finishing and some excellent goalkeeping kept the score line at 2-0. The win took Egypt to five points with South Africa finishing with two points. The top three teams in the competition will qualify automatically for London 2012 Olympics while the fourth placed side will engage an Asian team in a playoff scheduled for April.
SOUTH AFRICA 0
EGY : 16 Ahmed Naser El Shenawy, 20 Omar Sayed Gaber, 6 Ahmed Elsayed Alì Hegazy, 5 Moaz El Henawy, 12 Islam Ramadan (40' 2 Aly Omar Fathy), 14 Abdallah Hossam Hassan, 17 Mohamed Naser El Neny, 7 Saleh Gomaa, 10 Mohamed Ghaly Salah (77' 8 Ahmed Shehab El Din), 19 Ahmed Abdel Baset, 9 Marwan Mohsen (83' 11 Ahmed Ali Shokry)
RSA : 16 Nhlanhla Brilliant Khuzwayo, 14 Gladwin Shitolo, 5 Molomowanadou Erick Mathoho, 4 Thulani Hlatshwayo (49' 6 Azwitamisi Rodney Ramagalela), 3 Sibusiso Mthetheleli Mxoyana, 18 Thamsanqa Nhlakanipho Sangweni, 8 Thandani Ntshumayelo, 7 Sameehg Doutie (78' 2 Sibusiso Phiwa Blessing Khumalo), 17 Christopher Flandorp, 11 Mandla Greatful Masango, 12 Phumelele Ace Bhengu
Booked: 31' Hlatshwayo (RSA)
Referee: Jerry Sikazwe (ZAM)