Egypt held Ghana to a 1-1 draw in Cape Coast on Sunday, closing out their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign on a positive note.
Mahmoud Abdel Razek ‘Shikabala’ enjoyed a perfect return the Pharaohs’ fold, acclimating well to manager Hector Cuper’s system with solid defending and the team’s lone goal.
The Al-Raed winger started the counter-attack that led to his 61st minute goal, with Kasimpasa winger Mahmoud Trezeguet helping out in between.
With starters Mohamed Salah and Ahmed Hegazi sitting out, Egypt began with several non-regulars in the lineup aside from Shikabala, including RC Lens full-back Karim Hafez, Wigan Athletic’s Sam Morsy, and Etoile Sahel striker Amr Marei.
Egypt finishes its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with 13 points, followed by Uganda with 9 points and Ghana with 7 points. Congo rounded out Group E with 2 points after holding the Cranes to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Up next should be a slue of friendly matches for the Pharaohs as they prepare for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.
Before that, however, Egypt will be awaiting the group draw – in Moscow on Dec. 1 – to find out who it will face in just the team’s third World Cup appearance.