CAIRO: Harras Hodoud came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw at Zambia’s Zanaco in the CAF Confederation Cup on Saturday.
Mathews Macha put the hosts ahead shortly after the break but substitute Ahmed Salama brought the score level eight minutes from time.
Hodoud now have 2 points from as many matches. In their previous game, they had drawn 0-0 with Tunisia’s Club Sfaxien in Alexandria.
While facing Zanaco, the army side had to do without a number of key figures, including Mohamed Hamed, Islam Al-Shater and Mathurin Kameni.
Much to Hodoud’s woes, Egypt forward Ahmed Eid was taken off five minutes past the half-hour mark due to injury.
Salama replaced him and made the most of his introduction by scoring the late equalizer after connecting with a cross.
His tame effort hit a couple of Zanaco players before the ball settled into the net.
The Zambian outfit took the lead when Macha beat his marker Ahmed Abdel-Megeid and scored from inside the area.
Hodoud, who are now in Group B second place, were quite satisfied with the result after the match.
"The game was tough. Getting a point really gave us a boost," coach Tarek Al-Ashri told Egyptian radio.