Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Eaglets through to Colombia 2011

The Eaglets of Mali breezed to the stage of the on-going Afirican Youth Championships and booked an automatic qualification to the World Cup in Columbia after beating the young Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 at the Dobsonville stadium in Johannesburg.

After a scoreless first half the Malian came into the second half more tactical and more physical which saw them playing with one man down but still had succeeded in upsetting the Young Pharaohs, however, the latter  fought hard but met with a very stubborn and resilient Malian defence.

The Malians sprinted forward and won a foul near the Egyptian defence box for a free kick.
Konaté Amara executed with flair, a missile which rested behind the net of Ahmed El Shenawy after it cannoned of the crossbar.
The Pharaohs, started the game again pushing men forward in search of the equalizer but the 10 man Eaglets  side reorganise themselves; became more defensive, falling back into their own area to defend in numbers and occasionally catching the Egyptians on counters.

The Young Pharaohs kept pressing but could not break the almost impermeable Eaglets defence.
Egypt will have to beat the host the Amajita of South Africa to book their world cup ticket.

PIX: Cheick Fanta Mady Diarra of Mali challenged by Ramy Rabiea of Egypt

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