Egypt fans bitter as unloved team crash out of African Cup


Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations 2019 - Round of 16 - Egypt v South Africa - Cairo, Egypt July 6, 2019. Egyptians react as they watch a telecast of Egypt playing against South Africa at cafe in Cairo, Egypt July 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hayam Adel

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian football fans reacted with anger and sorrow on Sunday after the host team tumbled out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the second round following a lacklustre run marred by a controversy over alleged sexual harassment.

The defeat led to an immediate purge of Egyptian football officials, and took the gloss off a high-prestige event that Egypt had volunteered to host at short notice after Cameroon was stripped of the competition.

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