Egypt, without injured captain Mohamed Salah and several other key players, was beaten 2-0 by Ethiopia on Thursday in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Last Sunday, Salah n was not at his best but still took part in the victory against Guinea. But Egypt, even deprived of several other cadres, did not expect a defeat against a team ranked 140th in the world rankings.
Ethiopia scored twice in the first half, by Dawa Hotessa and captain Shemeles Bekele, on a turf heavily damaged by torrential rains before the game.
This match of Group D of the qualifiers for CAN 2023 took place on neutral ground in Malawi, as Ethiopia does not have, like 16 other countries engaged in these qualifications, a stadium with international standards. Egypt, the finalists of the last CAN, have been led for only two games by Ehab Galal, the former coach of the Cairo Pyramids. He has just replaced the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, whose contract has not been extended.