Al Masry reach Confederation Cup group stage after beating C.F. Mounana 2-1
Egypt’s Masry reached the group stage of the African Confederation Cup for the first time after earning a 2-1 victory over Gabon’s C.F. Mounana in Port Said to complete a nervy 3-2 aggregate win on Tuesday.
A 0-0 draw would have been enough for Masry to advance after holding Mounana to a 1-1 stalemate in the first leg in Libreville but they took a deserved lead through Burkinabe defender Mohamed Koffi to go ahead in the second half.
Louis Autchanga stunned Masry when he finished off a swift move six minutes past the hour mark to level the aggregate score and revive Mounana’s hopes of going through.
However, a fine individual effort from Masry’s in-form winger Islam Eissa, who also created the opener for Koffi, led to Mounana’s Dieudonne Nkoume scoring into his own net with 15 minutes remaining as the hosts breathed a sigh of relief.
It’s the first time for Masry to reach the group stage of Africa’s secondary club competition on their third appearance.
Full time: Masry 2-1 CF Mounana
Scorers: Mohamed Koffi 59, Dieudonne Nkoume 75 O.G/ Louis Autchanga 66
Yellow cards: Farid Shawki 70 (Masry)/ Louis Autchanga 74 (Mounana)
Masry: Ahmed Masoud, Mohamed Shatta, Mohamed Koffi, Islam Salah, Mohamed Hamdi, Farid Shawki, Amr Moussa, Islam Eissa, Ahmed Shoukri (Ahmed Gouda 90+2), Ahmed Gomaa, Aristide Bance (Abdel-Latif Grendo 82)
Venue: Port Said stadium, Port Said
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari