However, Saied finished off a counter-attack with five remaining to seal victory for Egypt, who are bidding for a first World Cup spot since 1990.
The Egyptians completed their sweet revenge for a 6-1 loss suffered to Ghana in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers when Stoke City's Ramadhan Sobhi raced away on the left flack before releasing the ball to Salah who found an unmarked Abdallah Said in the box to score.
Ghana fullback Harrison Afful brought down Mohamed Trezeguet two minutes before the break and Salah, who plays at Roma, struck a firm penalty into the middle of the goal.
On 53 minutes, Badu's header from Wakaso's free-kick went just wide, before Atsu forced El-Hadary into a diving near-post save moments later.
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McCrory fared worse, collecting about 159,000 votes, compared to nearly 220,000 four years ago - despite a higher turnout. She's been disinvited to charity events, and basically, they call her up and they say, "you know, you better not come".
Victory keeps Hector Cuper's side top of Group E after they won 2-1 in the DR Congo in their opening match, while Ghana, held 0-0 at home by minnows Uganda in their first game, now face a tough battle to qualify.
The remaining four rounds are scheduled between August and November 2017 with the group winners qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.
A late counterattack caught out Ghana and a couple of square passes set up Saied to turn and score with a low shot into the corner.
Neeskens Kebano from second-tier club Fulham equalised on 54 minutes and Everton flier Yannick Bolasie snatched the victor two minutes later.
Egypt and Group B pacesetters Nigeria are the other countries boasting a maximum six points from two matchdays.