File- Egypt national team players celebrate scoring a goal
CAIRO-2 August 2021: Football fans in Egypt followed Egypt's victory over Angola at home in the opening game of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers but the national team's performance has so far raised many concerns.
The home team were leading after only two minutes thanks to a goal from the penalty spot by Egypt's in-form playmaker, Mohamed Magdy Afsha, which led to an expectation of an open game with a beautiful performance from the Pharaohs.
However, what has happened on the pitch was completely the opposite as the visitors started taking control over the game and kept pushing searching for an equaliser.
Some silly mistakes from the Egyptian defense could cost the team its first victory but the Angolan strikers missed sharpness in front of goal.
The attacking line of Afsha, Hussein El Shahat, Ahmed Sayed Zizo and Mohamed Sherif did not have the harmony and it was clear from the start that Mohamed Salah's absence affected the team's attacking power.
In the second half, Egypt national team manager Hossam El Badry made several changes but it was clear that the attacking approach was not enough to find the target.
Angola could have returned home with at least a point and the Egyptians were lucky to start the qualifiers with a frustrating but important victory.
Egypt will travel to Liberville to face Gabon on Sunday and the Egyptian fans hope to see a more beautiful performance from the Pharaohs to be able to return home with a positive result.
El Badry's men should not expect an easy mission in Gabon as The Panthers will be fighting to get the three points after losing to Libya away from home in Matchday 1.