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Thursday, September 28, 2023

CAFCC: Pyramids end ASKO Kara’s Group C hopes with decisive victory in Lomé

A brilliant first half helped Egypt’s Pyramids FC navigate their way past Togolese club ASKO Kara for a 4-1 road victory in Group C action from the CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday. Mostafa Fathi scored twice with goal contributions from Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Islam Issa to give the Cairo club an unassailable four-goal lead and three important points. Pyramids are in second place with seven points through four matches while ASKO are eliminated from contention for a top-2 position with only one point.

Pyramids got down to business early on when Fathi’s lofted ball into the ASKO penalty area was cleverly nodded by Issa over to Ben Youssef for a routine finish in the 3rd minute. Fathi got on the scoresheet with his first in the 27th minute when Ben Youssef let a Mohamed Hamdi cross through his legs to Fathi to finish and double the lead.

Fathi added his second goal nine minutes later after Issa’s powerful shot was parried by ASKO goalkeeper Mahadiou Sama, where Fathi arrived to send his shot under the scrambling keeper. To add further misery to the hosts, Abdou Ouattara failed to convert a 42nd minute penalty kick by rolling a weak spot kick that was easily saved by Pyramids keeper Ahmed El Shenawy. Issa added a goal in the second half before ASKO found a consolation goal in the 66th minute.

Highlights are below.