The young Pharaohs beat (1-0) Friday, November 8 the Aiglons of Mali in the opening match of the U23 CAN qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics. Cameroon and Ghana drew 1-1 (1-1).
The Egyptian Olympic team has ideally launched its U23 CAN by winning (1-0) against Mali Friday at the international stadium in Cairo. The young Pharaohs ensured the minimum thanks to a goal from the head of Mostafa Mohamed well served by the left foot of Abou El Fotouh (29th).
It is a short, but precious, victory for the Egyptians looking for participation in the next Olympics but also buyback after the bad CAN of their elders last July. " The goal is simple: to qualify in Tokyo 2020 and win the trophy ," said coach Shawky Gharib. We have the obligation to achieve performances to satisfy the fans especially after the premature elimination of the A selection of the CAN last July ". The Egyptian technician, who competed as a player at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, dreams of sending his protégés to Tokyo.
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Egypt starts their journey # TotalAFCONU23 with a win against Mali 🇪🇬🇲🇱 pic.twitter.com/vPffQVYaUf
It is well for Egypt while waiting for the second match against Ghana next Monday. The Black starlets, they were hot against the Cameroon Rigobert Song (1-1) being led to the score until three minutes from the end. In a closed match, it is Franck Junior Evina who unlocks the situation on a superb free kick in the corner (60) before Mohamed Habib saves Ghana in the 87th minute.
On Saturday, defending champion Nigeria will face Côte d'Ivoire for entry. The second match of Group B will be a derby between South Africa and Zambia, two teams that know each other well. " It's clear that in 2017 we beat them twice at the CAN and COSAFA but things have changed even if the goal is the same to win to enter the competition, " said Beston Chambeshi , the Zambian technician.