Having failed to secure victory in their last two games, against Niger and Nigeria, drawing 1-1 with the Menas and losing 1-0 to the Super Eagles, the Pharaohs halted their poor form against Emmanuel Amuneke’s men, thanks to a second-half strike from Aston Villa midfielder Ahmed El Mohamady.
After both sides failed to open each other’s defence in the first half, Javier Aguirre quickly introduced the trio of Mahmoud Abdelrahim, Ahmed Hassan Koka and Ali Ghazal for Ahmed El Shenawy, Ayman Ashraf and Tarek Hamed respectively in the 46th minute in an effort to turn things around for his side.
In total, the 60-year-old gaffer made six substitutions before the hour mark and the decision looked to have paid off when El Mohamady scored in the 64th minute.
The introduction of Thomas Ulimwengu for John Bocco as well as Ally Mtoni for Aggrey Morris and Mohamed Husseini for Farid Musa were not enough to help the Taifa Stars avoid defeat against the Pharaohs.
The East Africans will hope for a change in fortune when they slug it out against Zimbabwe in their final preparatory game on Saturday before they open their campaign in the biennial tournament against the Terenga Lions on June 23.
Amuneke’s men will have to trick their way past Kenya, Senegal and Algeria in order to surpass their previous outing in the tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round of the 1980 edition.
For Egypt, they will continue their preparation for the African showpiece with another friendly game, this time against Guinea on Sunday.
The seven-time African champions will hope to navigate their way past Group A rivals Zimbabwe, DR Congo and Uganda, for a chance to reach the knockout stage of the competition.
Aguirre’s men will kick-off their quest to clinch their eighth African title against the Warriors at the Cairo International Stadium on the opening day of the competition, June 21.