Egypt thumped Comoros 4-0 at the Cairo International Stadium on Monday to claim top spot in Group G of the AFCON qualifiers to finish unbeaten with 3 wins and 3 draws.
Egypt and Comoros had already qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) before the match, so the match was of little significance but the Pharaohs put on a show and showed why they are one of the powerhouses in African football.
The Egyptians had not really clicked into gear and were far from firing all cylinders in the qualifiers but they still ended up topping their group and did not lose a single game en route to qualification for the finals.
Les Coelacantes will not mind the result too much given that the match was of little significance and is a great learning experience for them going into the biggest African tournament against several other heavyweights of the competition.
Comoros will participate in their maiden AFCON tournament next year.
As for Egypt, they are very familiar with this stage as they will compete in their 25th AFCON finals tournament where they will be setting their sights on a record-extending 8th title.
All four goals came within the opening half hour and within the space of 10 minutes that spelled trouble for the away side.
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny scored a stunning goal with a long-range thunderbolt that found the top corner in the 15th minute, to open the scoring for the Pharaohs.
Mohamed Sherif doubled the home side’s advantage just four minutes later in the 19th minute with a close range finish before Mohamed Salah joined the party.
Sherif teed up the Liverpool star Salah who bagged his first of two in the 21st minute and followed it up with another goal in the 25th to make it 4 Egyptian goals in 10 minutes!
Salah’s brace takes him to 43 international goals for Egypt, which now moves him into second place on his nation’s all-time list, behind only Hossam Hassan who had 68 goals for the mighty Egyptians.
The win took Egypt to 12 points in the group, as Comoros stayed on 9 points. Kenya managed to beat Togo in Lome and seal 3rd place as they finished on 7 points. Togo ended up with 2 points in last place of Group G.