By Claudia Ekai
Ahmed Belal scored a hatrick last night as Egypt cruised 5-1 against Harambee stars in the semi finals of the Nile basin tournament. Just 13 minutes into the game Belal sent a low shot past Francis Ochieng to earn his first goal after missing out on the National team selection for 6 years. Mahmoud Ahmed-Razek was instrumental in the second goal cleverly pulling a trick on Ochieng before leaving the ball for Al-Sayed Hamdi to fire it home. This dented Harambee stars spirit a great deal. In the 24th minute Wael Gomaa scored a surprise goal with a simple tapping to make it difficult for the stars. Kenya was out paced, out classed and humiliated in the first half as Egypt dominated the game in all aspects save for efforts from Okoth who curled a power shot only to hit the wood works.
With the introduction of super sub Oboya, Harambee Stars stepped up their game in the second half with a string of good passes and improved goal possession. There were also various counter attacks engineered by Oboya. This paid off in the 60th minute mark when Kevin Omondi tapped in a rebound after Veteran keeper El Hadary punched Oboya’s shot back into play. But Belal showed his worth and why he deserved the call up by scoring his second after a trademark counter attack from the pharaohs. He sealed his hatrick in the 89th minute to complete the pharaohs massacre over Kenya.
Harambee stars will now meet DR Congo on the 17th for a third place play off while Egypt battle it out with Uganda who defeated DR Congo by a solitary goal