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Hosts Egypt Beat Zimbabwe in Africa Cup of Nations Opener

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Fri, 21 Jun 2019 22:20 GMT

Egypt started their bid for a record-extending eighth Africa Cup of Nations trophy on Friday June 21st with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in Cairo in the opening game of a tournament expanded to 24 teams and played in June and July for the first time, AFP reported.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, on a redemption mission with Egypt after injury derailed a miserable World Cup campaign last year, looked sharp although the hosts needed a 41st-minute goal by Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan to get off to a winning start in Group A.

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