Ghana’s Black Meteors’ hopes of making it to next year’s Olympics Games in Tokyo were dealt a huge blow on Monday night.
The Meteors, despite leading on two separate occasions against Egypt, succumbed to a 3-2 loss to the hosts.
Yaw Yeboah had put the Meteors ahead inside six minutes before Egypt pegged them back 11 minutes later, with Mostafa Mohamed heading home.
Samuel Obeng restored Ghana’s lead right at the start of the second half after capitalising on a defensive error.
Egypt then laid siege to Ghana’s goal, desperate for an equaliser, and even hitting the crossbar at one point.
Ramadan Sobhi eventually found the leveller, poking home after Meteors keeper Baah failed to hold on to a shot.
Sobhi set up Egypt’s winner two minutes from time as his corner was headed home by Ahmed Rayan.
The result leaves the Meteors with one point from two games ahead of their final group game against Mali, who have lost both of their games so far.
Ghana will need to beat Mali and hope for a favourable result in Egypt’s encounter with Cameroon in order to stand a chance of making it to the semis.
Watch highlights of the match below