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LIVE: AFCON opening Ceremony, Egypt beat Zimbabwe in opener

LIVE: AFCON opening Ceremony, Egypt beat Zimbabwe in opener

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The Africa Cup of Nations will kick-off on Friday evening with the much anticipated match between the Egyptian Pharaohs and the Zimbabwe Warriors.

The tournament is historic for several reasons including the fact that 24 teams are participating for the first time, and it is being held in the June/July window rather than January/February.

In this article, we’ll share updates and developments ahead of the tournament opener including the following;

  • Egypt vs. Zimbabwe highlights
  • Al Sisi’s welcome and colourful ceremony – Video
  • Expectations for the opening ceremony
  • Cameroon players strike
  • Predictions: Zimbabwe vs Egypt
  • How AFCON works
  • Stars to watch
  • Africanews’ special coverage

Egypt vs. Zimbabwe major highlights

78’: Zimbabwe forced to sub goalie after injury. Both sides have exhausted their substitutions with ten minutes to the end of the game. Goal scorer Trezeguet has been pulled off.

Zimbabwe: E. CHIPEZEZE comes in for E. SIBANDA
Zimbabwe: E. RUSIKE comes in for MUSHEKWI
Zimbabwe: T. CHAWAPIWA comes in for K. MUSONA
Egypt: A. WARDA comes in for A. EL SAID
Egypt: N. DONGA comes in for M. TREZEGUET

66’: Fairly balanced exchanges as Zimbabwe hope to come back into the game and the hosts looking earnestly to bolster their lead in Cairo.

First substitute of the AFCON made by Egypt. W. SOLIMAN comes in for M. MOHSEN

Second Half kicks off

45’: HALF TIME, Egypt lead by a lone goal scored by Trezeguet.

42‘: Egypt pressing for a second as the game rolls towards the half way mark. Salah still pulling strings to help bolster the lead. Still 1-0 to the hosts.

41’: Egypt take the lead through Trezeguet

The two sides had had a fairly balanced exchange as Billiat forced a save from Egypt goalie Elshenawy. But at the other end the Egyptians manage to get the much needed goal.

24’: Rare attack at the other end as Zimbabwe’s attempt on goal is blocked, relief for Team Egypt and the fans.

22’: Egypt still piling on the pressure with repeated incursions into the Zimbabwean area.

15’: Huge pressure from Egypt but the Zimbabweans holding out fairly well.

10’: The home side appear the busiest in search for an early lead that could add to the pressure the Warriors of Zimbabwe are already faced with. But the goalkeeper thwarting repeated Egyptian incursions.

3’: Early pressure from hosts: Salah set up two crossing chances in the first two minutes; however, Zimbabwe’s goalkeeper clears both headers.

Line up for opening game: Egypt vs. Zimbabwe

Al-Sisi welcomes guests to their second home

Among the dignitaries in the VIP box at the Cairo International Stadium for the opening ceremony were the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi – the only person who delivered a message of welcome.

The other African president sighted ins Mozambique’s Filipe Nyusi. FIFA president Gianni Infantino was president along with CAF president Ahmad Ahmad. Other big wigs of CAF and the Egyptian FA were also present.

Relive the opening ceremony here:

Expectations for the opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the tournament will be graced by several high profile personalities including FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Nigeria’s legendary musician Femi Kuti.

Femi Kuti, will perform the official song of this year’s AFCON, along with Egypt’s Hakim and Ivory Coast’s Dobet Gnahore.

The official song is titled ‘Metgameen’ which translates as ‘We Are Together’.

Poll: Zimbabwe vs Egypt

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