Egypt grab draw, Morocco flee coup attempt

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Mostafa Mohamed has scored an 89th-minute equaliser to snatch a point for a 10-man Egypt as they drew their World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Gabon.

The result elevated Egypt to the top of Group F and followed a surprise win for Namibia over Togo, and a draw for Rwanda at home to Kenya in Sunday's other qualifiers on the African continent.

But those results were overshadowed by a dramatic flight from Guinea by Morocco's national team, who had been caught up in an uprising by soldiers in Conakry.

Morocco were due to play Guinea in a Group I qualifier on Monday, which has since been postponed after shooting broke out in the city as rebel soldiers claimed to have overthrown the government of President Alpha Conde.

Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic said they had been stranded in their hotel after hearing shooting in the morning and seeing soldiers running around.

But as dusk fell, the team received permission to leave and were spirited home on a Moroccan plane waiting for them at the airport, despite soldiers saying they had closed the country's borders.

In Franceville, Gabon suffered heartbreak again after giving away another late goal. They had lost their opening group match in Libya last week to a last-gasp winner and, after substitute Jim Allevinah put them ahead in the 73rd minute, saw Mohamed score on the stroke of fulltime to deny them a precious victory over the Egyptians.

The Pharaohs had Mohamed Salah back to captain their team after he was forced to miss the home win over Angola on Wednesday because travel to Egypt, which is on the British government's COVID-19 'red list', would have forced him to quarantine on his return to Liverpool.

Namibia won their Group H encounter in Togo with a spectacular 53rd-minute overhead kick from striker Elmo Kambindu.

In Kigali, Kenya scored early through Michael Olunga before hosts Rwanda equalised on 20 minutes in Group E.

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