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Under-23’s Lose First Game In Egypt

It was a night to forget for David Notoane and his South African under-23 team as they lost 2-0 to Egypt under-23s at the New Suez Stadium.

Egypt 2-0 South Africa

Notoane’s team almost got off to the ideal start, as Lyle Foster found himself in a good area in the 5th minute, but his shot from a few yards out went just wide of the upright.

It was a confident looking South African side, who tried to take early control of the possession, but it was the Egyptians who took the lead in the 19th minute when Mostafa Mohamed headed them into the lead, albeit from an off-side position, that the officials failed to see.

The goal though saw Egypt’s confidence boosted, and they began to take charge of the game. Just before half-time it was almost two, but the hosts were denied by the woodwork.

One nil to Egypt at the break.

A few changes at half-time saw South Africa start to find some rhythm again, and Liam Jordan tried from just outside the box in the 49th minute, but his shot went high and wide.

But it was the Egyptians who scored again, as Mohamed this time looked to narrowly have beaten the off-side line and poked past Mondli Mpoto to make it 2-0.

Mpoto made a few saves in the second half as Egypt threatened to increase their lead, while Luther Singh shot wide from a free kick in the 70th minute.

Thendo Mukumela had a chance in the 88th minute, but his attempted header went over the goal.

A comfortable win in the end for Egypt, and a disappointing night for the visitors.

The two teams will meet again in two days, as both teams use their friendlies as preparation for next month’s Tokyo Olympics.

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