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Egypt 2-3 Central African Republic: Elmohamady Poor In Stunning Loss

Ahmed Elmohamady could only manage 45 minutes for Egypt before being withdrawn.
Ahmed Elmohamady could only manage 45 minutes for Egypt before being withdrawn.

Ahmed Elmohamady, still technically a Sunderland player we must remember, was in action for Egypt this weekend as they took on the Central African Republic in a qualifier for the 2013 Africa Cup Of Nations.

Elmohamady started the game at right-back, and suffered a torrid first half before being withdrawn at half-time by coach Bob Bradley as the Pharaohs slumped to a humiliating defeat at home to the 10-man Central African Republic.

Elmo played a part, or rather didn't as the visitors cancelled out Mohammed Zidan's opening goal through striker Momi. The ball came in from down Elmo's side without a challenge of any sort, allowing Momi to round the Egyptian keeper and slot home under no pressure. Poor defending all round to allow Momi through, but also poor from Elmohamady not to challenge for the ball before it could get played through.

Following that it seems Bradley had had enough as Elmohamady was routinely beaten all game, and the right-sided player didn't emerge for the second half, replaced by Ahmed Fathi.

Despite the sending off of defender Salif Keita on 35 minutes, the Central African's held their nerve and went on to claim a famous victory.

On Sunday, Stephane Sessegnon and his Benin teammates take on Ehtiopia in an ACON qualifier too, and we'll have reports from that on Monday. Probably.