A come back win from the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon handed Egypt her first defeat in almost 12 years at the Nation’s Cup. The dominant Pharoahs saw empire crushing thanks to a late winner from Cameroon after an early set back.
After the 2-1 defeat suffered at the hands of the Lions, here is a recap of the Pharoahs 24 match legacy.
1: Egypt have lost just one of their last 25 matches played at the Nation’s cup. Their last defeat before the Cameroon set back dates back to January 29,2004 in a 2-1 defeat to Algeria.
3: Egypt have won three trophies in a row between the ensuing period sandwiching their defeats. Triumphant host in 2006 was followed by similar trips to Ghana and Angola on the continent. The Pharoahs have simply turned the Nation’s Cup a personal property only displayed for public access.
3: Egypt missed out on three of the seven nation’s Cup played within that time. A dreadful qualifications for the 2012 edition saw them missed out on the next two, 2013 and 2015.
8: They have been just 8 drawn games in the 24 match unbeaten run. The slick slide were pegged back on eight occasions thanks to their solid defending and trusted goal keeper, Essam El Hadaary.
16: The Egyptians have won 75 percent of their games within the run. A mammoth 16 wins in the said period came with 3 trophies and one silver medal. The North Africans have managed an impressive four successive final berth with one defeat under their name.
4, 359: Total number of days between the first defeat and the last defeat for the Pharoahs. Egypt have managed an impressive 4, 395 days without ending a game on the losing side. To put in perspective, that is exactly 11 years 11 months, and 2 weeks since Egypt last suffered a defeat on some soil.
End of an empire or beginning of new era?
Written by Saani Abacha