Egypt win pushes Malawi to third position in Group 12
A narrow 1-0 win for reigning African champions, Egypt against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has pushed Malawi from top position of Group 12 to third.
Malawi climbed to the summit of the Group after whacking Djibout on Friday 3-0 with nine points.
Egypt's win away to DRC enabled them to have 12 points from five games with one remaining against whipping boys Djibout clearly giving them a favorite top position of the Group to qualify for 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Malawi and DRC are all with nine points and meet in the last game to be played in Malawi's home turf, Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Mohamed Aboutrika scored the winner for Egypt.
The playmaker, author of the winning goal in February's African Nations Cup final, scored after 31 minutes.
Egypt need a single point from their last qualifier at home to Djibouti next month to advance to the final phase of the African qualifiers for the 2010 finals in South Africa.
The Congolese are now under severe pressure, needing to beat Malawi away in their last game to stand any chance of progressing.
Aboutrika chipped the ball over the home goalkeeper after persistent play from Wigan Athletic striker Amr Zaki had taken the ball away from the Congo defence.
Zaki led the line for Egypt after Middlesbrough striker Mido was left on the bench because of injury concerns.Congo gambled on the fitness of striker Lomana LuaLua but he lasted just 12 minutes before hobbling off with the recurrence of a knee injury.
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