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banner Friday, 13 July, 2001, 19:36 GMT 20:36 UK
Egypt keep Cup hopes alive
Tarek El Said
Tarek El Said opened the floodgates for The Pharoahs
Egypt 8-2 Namibia

Abdelhamid Bassiouny kept alive Egypt's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup finals with a stunning first half hat-trick against Namibia in Alexandria.

The striker, who was only called up a few hours before the match when Ahmed Salah Hosny fell ill, scored three goals within just four minutes.

Bassiouny, from Ismailia, followed earlier efforts by Tarek El Said and Mohammed Barakat.

El Said opened the scoring in the fifth minute as the Pharoahs, looking to increase their goal difference in Group C, took early control of the match.

The visitors then competed for 20 minutes before Barakat opened the floodgates. Bassiouny then followed up with his hat-trick, to give Egypt a 5-0 lead at the break.

To Namibia's credit they came back fighting in the second spell and some sloppy defending gave the visitors a sniff of hope.

Mokoya on 52 minutes, then Doeseb on 68, took advantage of the mistakes to ensure their side did not leave empty-handed.

The shocked Pharaohs regrouped and Barakat picked up his second seven minutes later.

Abou Greisha and Abdelsattar Sabry then completed the rout.

It means Egypt now go second in Group C with 12 points.

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