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Egypt Suffers Defeat Against South Africa, Exit AFCON

Egypt Suffers Defeat Against South Africa, Exit AFCON

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah reacts after South Africa’s Thembinkosi Lorch scores their first goal (Photo: REUTERS)

Egypt suffered a defeat against South Africa round of 16 after a late goal, kicking Egypt out of the tournament.

Thembinkosi Lorch scored the decisive goal five minutes from time in the second half, finishing off the match with 1-0.

The stunning elimination marked Egypt’s worst-ever performance as hosts. They twice won the tournament as hosts in 1986 and 2006, losing in the final in 1959 and the semi-finals in 1974.

It’s also the second major surprise of this tournament after Morocco lost to Benin on penalties on Friday.

South Africa will now meet Nigeria in the quarter-finals after their 3-2 win over Cameroon earlier today.

Egypt took the top spot in Group A after finishing the last match with 2-0 against Uganda, yet received criticism for its overall performance.

Madagascar and Congo are set to play against each other tomorrow, followed by Algeria and Guinea.

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