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Egypt struggle as Cameroon win

Ahmed Eid
Ahmed Eid saved Egypt from an embarrassing home defeat in Cairo

African champions Egypt needed a late equaliser to grab a draw at the end of a thrilling friendly with Guinea in Cairo.

The Pharaohs took the lead through Hosni Abd Rabbou in the 3rd minute but that was cancelled out by Souleymane Youla of Guinea on the half-hour.

Both players then scored again before half-time to make it 2-2 at the break.

Egypt have struggled since winning the Nations Cup in Ghana last year and have just four points from three games in 2010 qualifying so far.

Coach Hassan Shehata came under yet more pressure when Guinea took the lead just into the second-half through Kaba Diawara.

Shehata's blushes were spared when Ahmed Eid popped up in injury time at the end of the game to equalise for Egypt - but there is much work for the Pharaohs to do.

Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen started his new job with a comfortable victory over Austria on Wednesday night.

Cameroon in action against Austria
Cameroon started life under Paul Le Guen with a win over Austria

The Indomitable Lions beat their hosts 2-0, thanks to two first half goals from Pierre Webo.

Le Guen dropped captain Rigobert Song to the bench for the game.

Song has been a fixture in the team for the past decade.

Striker Samuel Eto'o took the skipper's armband, although it has not been confirmed that he will retain the role.

Ghana had an emphatic victory over Zambia in London.

Both teams were without several key players because of visa problems, and Zambia only arrived in the UK on the morning of the match.

Goals from Sulley Mutari and Junior Agogo helped the Black Stars to a 4-1 win.

2010 World Cup hosts South Africa had coach Joel Santana back in charge after a bout of illness.

Joel Santana takes charge of South Africa against Serbia
Bafana coach Joel Santana was back in the dugout after illness

But his return did not inspire Bafana Bafana, who went down 3-1 at home to Serbia.

It was 0-0 at half-time but Serbia took the lead in the 57th minute through Manchester United's Zoran Tosic.

Danko Lazovic added a second after 69 minutes and then Tosic, a second-half substitute, scored again to make sure of the win with just over 10 minutes to go.

South Africa's consolation goal was scored by Katlego Mphela in stoppage time at the end of the game.

In other matches, Tunisia drew 0-0 with Ivory Coast and Mozambique beat Swaziland 1-0.

DR Congo were beaten 2-1 by Senegal, Angola beat Togo 2-0 and Mali overcame Burkina Faso 3-0.

Tanzania had a good 2-1 away win over Rwanda in Kigali.

All three goals came in the space of five second-half minutes.

Algeria beat Uruguay 1-0 at home and Morocco and Congo-Brazzaville drew 1-1.



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