Sierra Leone added to Egypt’s recent woes by making sure they have no further chance of taking part in the 2012 African Cup of Nations after defeating their illustrious north African opponents 2-1 in Freetown on Saturday.
The Pharaohs have won the last three editions of the continental showpiece event but this qualification campaign has been nothing short of a nightmare for them, with three losses away to South Africa, Niger and now Sierra Leone added to a couple of home draws, meaning that they have earned only two points from five matches.
Group G has not been kind to Egypt, and as a result the FA decided to play the last two matches of the qualifying campaign with an Under-23 side rather than with the senior national team.
Sierra Leone opened the scoring at the National Stadium, with Sherriff Suma sending the home fans into fits of cheering and dancing after only 15 minutes. Egypt seemed to have done enough to earn a point from the fixture when they equalised with a goal from Mohsen Maruwan.
However, this did not prove to be the case as the Leone Stars earned a penalty in the dying minutes of the encounter. Mohamed Bangura scored under pressure to secure a priceless 2-1 win and send the Pharaohs crashing out of the qualification.
The Leone Stars have now given their hopes of reaching the finals a major boost with this result as they are up to second in Group G, level on points with leaders South Africa. Bafana face Niger in Niamey on Sunday.