In a thrilling Africa Cup of Nations encounter, Egypt faced a 2-2 draw against Ghana, leaving Mohamed Salah injured and uncertain for future matches. Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus scored twice, but Egypt responded with goals from Omar Marmoush and Mostafa Mohamed after Salah left the field late in the first half.
Egypt’s coach, Rui Vitoria, expressed concern about Salah’s injury, stating, “We don’t know yet what is the problem (with Salah). I hope not a big problem. It is too early to say something.” Despite twice falling behind, Egypt displayed resilience and secured a valuable point, following their 2-2 draw with Mozambique in Group B.
Ghana, with just one win in their last 11 AFCON games, faces the risk of a second consecutive group-stage exit. Coach Chris Hughton voiced frustration, saying, “The dressing room is a very disappointed dressing room at the moment because this was a very good opportunity for us to get three points.”
In a parallel match, Nigeria defeated hosts Ivory Coast 1-0. The victory enhances Nigeria’s position in the tournament, while Ivory Coast faces challenges after two consecutive losses.
Salah’s injury occurred during the first half, and despite being substituted and showing signs of discomfort, he walked off the pitch unaided. Egypt’s coach emphasized the uncertainty of the injury, and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Salah will undergo tests to assess its severity.
Liverpool’s Salah had a challenging first half against Ghana, marked by strong defensive opposition. He salvaged a point for Egypt in their opener against Mozambique, converting a penalty in the 97th minute.
Ghana, recovering from a 2-1 defeat by Cape Verde, faces Mozambique in their final Group B game, while Egypt concludes their opening round fixtures against Cape Verde in Abidjan. The AFCON tournament remains filled with excitement and uncertainties as teams vie for success in the group stage.