Egypt got their Africa Cup of Nations campaign off to a solid start as Trezeguet’s excellent strike secured a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe.

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AFCON poster boy Mohamed Salah was in sparkling form in Cairo on Friday, but it was Egypt’s other winger who broke the deadlock shortly before half-time in the Group A opener.

It was no less than seven-time winners Egypt deserved, with Zimbabwe’s Edmore Sibanda – who was forced off through injury late on – having made a string of impressive saves to keep the tournament hosts at bay.

Salah was denied by another fine Sibanda stop midway through the second half, but Egypt’s profligacy did not come back to bite them as they comfortably secured the points.

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