Egypt left it late to seal a 2-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in a friendly in Cairo on Thursday, in their first outing since November 2014 and their loss to Tunisia in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.
That is the perfect start for new head coach Hector Cuper, who has been tasked with bringing the Pharaohs back to their former glory after a five-year international drought.
Unable to find the back of the net for most of the encounter, the locals finally opened the score with only four minutes to go thanks to Zamalek’s striker Bassin Morsi.
And Al Ahly’s attacking midfielder Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ finished the job deep in added time to double Egypt’s advantage seconds before the final whistle.
2015 AFCON semi-finalists Equatorial Guinea will try to bounce back against African champions Côte d’Ivoire in Abidjan on Sunday.