Gabaski: Egypt Goalkeeper Returns With Famous Bottle, Misses Penalty in Shootout Defeat to DR Congo

Gabaski: Egypt Goalkeeper Returns With Famous Bottle, Misses Penalty in Shootout Defeat to DR Congo

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Egypt have been knocked out of AFCON
  • The record champions lost to DR Congo
  • DR Congo will face Guinea in the last 8

Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal 'Gabaski' failed to replicate his heroics from AFCON 2021 after missing a penalty in the shootout defeat to DR Congo.

The National Bank of Egypt shot-stopper is noted for his penalty-saving ability, having singlehandedly sent the seven-time champions to the final in Cameroon.

Gabaski appeared for the shootouts with his famous bottle but failed to make a single save as the Egyptians suffered a round of 16 elimination.

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Gabaski arrives with famous bottle during penalties against Egypt. Credit: @CAF_Online
Source: Twitter

In photos shared on social media, Gabaski's bottle had some inscriptions on it, which usually is the names of the players and the direction of their spot kicks.

Egypt missed two penalties after Mohamed Mostafa and the goalkeeper sent their spot-kicks away with Arthur Masuaku blasting over the bar for DR Congo.

However, the hero of the game was DR Congo's goalkeeper Lionel Mpasi, who majestically sent Gabaski the wrong way for the winning spot-kick.

The Leopards will now face Guinea for a place in the semi-final of the competition in four days.

Earlier, Mohamed Bayo netted a last-gasp goal as the Syli National eliminated Equatorial Guinea, as reported by the BBC.

Egypt suffers AFCON elimination

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that record seven-time champions Egypt were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday after losing a penalty shootout 8-7 against DR Congo.

Goalkeeper Lionel Mpasi converted the winning spot-kick in San-Pedro after fellow shot-stopper Mohamed Abou Gabal had seen his kick strike the bar and fly over.

A tense last-16 clash finished 1-1 after extra time with Meschack Elia scoring on 37 minutes for DR Congo and Mostafa Mohamed equalising in first half added time from a penalty.

Egypt legend blasts Mo Salah

Sports Brief also reported that Egypt legend Hossan Hassan criticised Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, questioning his loyalty with the national team.

The Liverpool star received widespread criticism after he decided to return to Liverpool to recover.

Jurgen Klopp said he could return to Ivory Coast if he recovers but Pharaoh's legend Hossam Hassan doesn't want to see Salah play for Egypt in Ivory Coast.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.