Egypt both failed to impress or get the result they expected when they labored to a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Kuwait on Friday.
Fahad Al Ansari opened the scoring from close range against the run of play for the hosts before Ayman Ashraf canceled the score out with an 81st minute equalizer.
The Pharaohs controlled both possession and the pace of play, but it was largely useless as the team couldn’t generate a shot on target until the 81st minute, which resulted in their lone score.
Egypt fielded a largely experimental side, with players like Mahmoud El-Wensh, Ayman Ashraf, and Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz getting rare playing time.
The team was also without the services of Mohamed Salah, Mohamed ElNeny, and Ahmed Elmohamady.
Kuwait has not played an official match since being suspended by FIFA 2015, a ban that was only recently lifted.
Héctor Cúper’s charges now have just two wins in their last eight matches, and have allowed at least one goal in six straight.
Egypt has not won since clinching a spot in next month’s FIFA World Cup last October.
They play just two more friendlies – against Colombia June 1 and Belgium June 6 – before opening their 2018 World Cup campaign June 15 against Uruguay.