Bradley, Egypt eliminated from African Cup of Nations qualifying

Bradley, Egypt eliminated from African Cup of Nations qualifying

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Bradley, Egypt eliminated from African Cup of Nations qualifying

Bob Bradley Egypt (Getty Images)

Bob Bradley has suffered his first big disappointment as head coach of Egypt.

The Pharoahs failed to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations on Saturday after a 1-1 draw with Central African Republic in the second leg of their first-round qualifier. The first leg was played two weeks ago and ended with Central African Republic winning, 3-2.

Egypt's hopes of overturning that deficit took a blow midway through the first half as Central African Republic opened the scoring, further building on their lead. The Egyptians never really got back into it, with their goal coming in the 71st minute.

Bradley had Egypt on a 14-game winning streak before these two African Cup of Nations qualifiers, but the loss means there is now even more pressure on the American head coach to guide the Pharoahs into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Egypt currently has six points from two games in the second round of World Cup qualifying.

Here are the match highlights:

 

What do you think of Egypt not qualifying for the African Cup of Nations? Surprised they could not overturn the deficit against Central African Republic? Expecting Bradley to help them bounce back and reach the World Cup?

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