Defending champions on verge of missing Cup
South Africa moved closer to a spot in the African Cup of
Nations by holding Egypt to a 0-0 draw in a qualifier Sunday, which
all but ended the host’s chances of reaching the tournament it’s
won a record seven times.
Egypt needed a victory to stay in contention in Group G but
struggled to create scoring chances in a game that was moved to
Cairo’s Military Academy Stadium rather than the much larger Cairo
International Stadium for security reasons.
The result leaves South Africa atop the group with eight points
from four games, while Egypt remained last with two points.
Even if Egypt wins its last two qualifiers, the three-time
defending champion is likely to miss the tournament.