0Shares00002021 Africa Cup of Nations: Comoros hold EgyptMORONI, Comoros, Nov 18 – Seven-time champions Egypt were held to their second successive draw of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying as hosts Comoros battled to 0-0 stalemate.The result give advantage to Kenya’s Harambee Stars who can go top of Group G if they beat Togo tonight in Kasarani. Elsewhere, Ghana made it two wins out of two but were made to work hard to edge past Sao Tome e Principe 1-0.After their 1-1 draw with Kenya on Thursday in their opening Group G encounter Egypt held on for another point on Monday in Comoros.The Pharaohs began well with Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneim firing a shot against the bar after nine minutes.Two minutes later they had another good chance after the Comoros keeper was ruled to have picked up a back pass only for the resulting indirect freekick to be blocked and cleared by the hosts’ defence.Both sides had their best opportunities to break the deadlock midway through the second haff.Firstly Aston Villa’s Trezeguet was put through for a one-on-one with the keeper only to stab his effort wide of the post.Minutes later Kassim M’Dahoma jinxed his way into the area and his shot was blocked a little fortuitously by keeper Mohamed El Shenawy’s shoulder as he dived to make the save.The game was played in intensely hot conditions with the referee allowing official water breaks in both halves of the match.The result means Comoros are now on four points from their two matches, after their win in Togo, while Egypt are on two.Ghana scored a second-half penalty to edge past Sao Tome 1-0 and take them top of Group C.The Black Stars struggled to break down a resolute Sao Tome defence until just after the break when Emmanuel Boateng was fouled in the area to allow Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew to score the winner.The result means Ghana have the maximum six points from two games, South Africa and Sudan are on three while Sao Tome are pointless.The top two sides in 11 of the 12 groups will all advance to the 2021 finals in Cameroon.Cameroon qualify for the finals as hosts but are taking part in the qualifying campaign to gain competitive match practice which means just one team from Group F will progress to the finals.2021 Africa Cup of Nations results:Monday:Sao Tome and Principe 0-1 Ghana (Group C)The Gambia v DR Congo (Group D)Cape Verde v Mozambique (Group F)Comoros 0-0 Egypt (Group G)Kenya v Togo (Group G)Botswana v Algeria (Group H)Sunday:Chad 0-2 Mali (Group A)Guinea 2-0 Namibia (Group A)South Sudan 1-2 Burkina Faso (Group B)Uganda 2-0 Malawi (Group B)South Africa 1-0 Sudan (Group C)Gabon 2-1 Angola (Group D)Rwanda 0-1 Cameroon (Group F)Eswatini 1-4 Senegal (Group I)Congo 3-0 Guinea Bissau (Group I)Benin 1-0 Sierra Leone (Group L)Lesotho 2-4 Nigeria (Group L)-By BBC Sport- 0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)
Ed Reed, the nine-time Pro Bowl safety with the champion Baltimore Ravens, reportedly turned down a free agent contract offer from the Houston Texans worth about $12 million, according to the Baltimore Sun.The 34-year-old Reed is seeking a similar salary to the $7.2 million he earned last year. One of the overwhelming issues why Reed may not command the $7 million salary, however, is his declining age.Reed, who is an 11-year veteran, missed 15 tackles last season, which tied is tied for seventh-most among safeties, according to ProFootballFous.com. But he did haul in four interceptions last season, as well as 15 pass deflections as the Ravens captured their second Super Bowl title.The Texans would ultimately wanted to land Reed because they ranked seventh in yards per pass attempt. Safety Glover Quin signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency, which led the Texans to pursue Reed.Houston went 12-4 last season, making it the Divisional Round of the playoffs before being defeated by the New England Patriots, 41-28. Tom Brady torched its secondary for 344 yards and three touchdowns in that game.Meanwhile, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” on Tuesday that he is confident that Reed will ultimately decide to stay with the organization. But Bisciotti quickly put into perspective how it may be tough to sign Reed to a new contract feasible for both sides, due to the approaching salary-cap restraints.“It will be tough, but we’ve got guys that will fill in,” Bisciotti said. “Ed is a special guy and I’m encouraged that Ozzie’s still talking with him.”The Ravens and Texans are continuing to talk to Reed while he continues to wait for a better offer, but he does not have the luxury to keep waiting if he wishes to play next season because they will clearly move on.