The Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (ACON) may have come to an end for Salma Tarik and the Egyptian National Team, but the tournament will prove to a memorable one for the current St. Joseph’s College women’s soccer coach.
On Tuesday, Tarik scored Egypt’s only goal in its 1-0 win over Zimbabwe. The victory put the Pharaohs in a position to advance in the tournament with a win or a tie in its last match of the group stage. Unfortunately, Egypt was downed by South Africa 5-0 and would not advance.
Tarik, a graduate of Hofstra University who has also coached with the East Meadow Soccer Club, scored in the 82nd minute. The goal and win were the first ever for Egypt in ACON. The team is playing in its second Africa Cup of Nations and first since 1998.
Recently, Tarik spoke with SleterFC.com about her participating in the tournament, the growth of women’s soccer in Egypt and her recently completed first season as head women’s soccer coach at St. Joseph’s.
To see Tarik’s goal, fast-forward video below to minute 53.