The Junior Syli Nationale came from behind to hold the Junior Pharaohs with Total Man of the Match, Yamodou Toure cancelling out Mostafa Mohamed’s first half opener.
The Guineans were the better side in a game that the North Africans kept chasing their shadows with goalkeeper Mohamed Ghandour proving their nemesis as far as scoring more goals were concerned.
The Sylis almost responded but Morlaye Sylla was unlucky to see his effort go off target from close range, after hitting the post in an earlier attempt. That was not all, as the Guineans kept the Egyptian defence boiling with consistent raids until half time.
The second half belonged to the Guineans who controlled the game from defence to attack. Few minutes into the game, Momo Yansane thought he had levelled for his side, only to be flagged.
Substitute Facinet Soumah came close to scoring eight minutes after coming on for Ibrahima Sory on 66 minutes before Ghandour dived to deny Momo, who was put through by Yamodou.
On 73 minutes, Morlaye’s effort from a Daouda Camara corner was headed off the line by Egyptian defender Ahmed Fattouh to his side’s relief but it was only a matter of time that the equalizer would come.
It did finally come on 79 minutes through Yamodou who tucked home the rebound after his initial shot came off the body of an Egyptian defender.
The Guineans continued to press the Egyptians for the winner, however the latter defended gallantly to snatch a point. Egypt now has two points from two games whilst Guinea has just a point.
Total Man of the Match: Yamadou Toure (Guinea)
Moatamed Gamal (Head Coach, Egypt)
It was a tough match for my players. Our target was to hold on to the goal, unfortunately the equalizer came late. We may make some changes in the next match (against Zambia).
We don’t have an option but to win against Zambia in our last match. We will play to win against the host country.
Mandjou Diallo (Head Coach, Guinea)
I’m not disappointed with the result. We made some changes to the team which reflected in our performance. Our objective was to win; unfortunately it ended 1-1. Notwithstanding, the outcome won’t discourage us going into the last game (against Mali).
Matches between the two teams (Mali and Guinea) are always difficult. We know each other and speak the same language. We will have to prepare well and concentrate fully on the match.