CAF 2nd Round, Group 2

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Preview

Egypt, one of the traditional powerhouses of African football, were clear favourites to progress to the final round from this group. In what looked a benign draw, they had been paired with three teams with little or no prior international merit, and Egypt would be hoping for comfortable passage to the final round, and the possibility of qualifying for their first World Cup since 1930. The other seeded team of the group were Kenya, who also had been given a bye to the 2nd round due to having qualified for the 1988 African Nations Cup. They had made a poor impression in that tournament, however, in which they also had met Egypt and lost 3-0. New head coach Mohammed Kheri had been given the task of reshaping the Kenyan team. They were joined by Liberia and Malawi, the two teams progressing from the 1st Round knock-out matches. Liberia had progressed through beating a weak Ghana side (2-0 agg.), and looked to have plenty of firing power in George Weah and James Debbah. Malawi, the recent CECAFA Cup champions, had beaten Uganda (3-2 agg.) to qualify for the 2nd round and looked a solid if unspectacular team.

Results

Match 1: Egypt 2-0 Liberia
6 January 1989, Cairo
Two first-half goals secured the win for the home favourites, through Mayhoub and Ramadan. Heartbreak for influential midfielder Ismail Youssef, however, who sustains a serious injury.

Match 2: Kenya 1-1 Malawi
7 January 1989, Nairobi
A 1-1 draw, both goals scored on set-pieces. Malawi first take an early lead through right midfielder McDonaldo Singo heading in a free kick, before Kenya and Peter Dawo equalises early in the 2nd half through another set-piece, mirroring the first goal.

Match 3: Malawi 1-1 Egypt
21 January 1989, Lilongwe
TBC later in 2020

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