The Pharoahs of Egypt could only force a draw with Mali in their African Cup of Nation (AFCON 2017) opening group game.
The post-match talk centered around the record breaking appearance of Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Shenawy.
El-Shewany, a four-time winner of the competition began the match on the bench, but was summoned when first-choice Ahmed El-Shenawy was unable to continue do to an apparent shoulder injury – winning his 148th cap at the age of 44 years and two days.
Neither Arsenal star Mohamed Elneny nor former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah could inspire Egypt to a win against Mali.
It has been a feast or famine for Egypt over the last decade - they won three titles in a row between 2006 and 2010 - before failing to qualify for any of the next three.
Overall Mali were the better side and should have taken the lead or given a penalty when Marega’s pace in behind ought to have earned the Eagles a penalty in just the sixth minute.
Somehow, the clumsy Ali Gabr challenge went unpunished.
In the other Group D game, Ghana defeated Uganda 1 - 0 thanks to Andre Ayew's penalty.