2015 AYC: Champions Egypt face elimination

2015 AYC: Champions Egypt face elimination
Egypt U20 Class of 2013 - The current team are in danger of exiting the 2015 AYC

by Samm Audu

Friday Aug 29, 2014. 10:52

Defending African youth champions Egypt are in danger of elimination from next year’s tournament as they are hard pressed to reverse a 2-0 loss in Congo, if they were to reach the championship proper in Senegal.

Hosts Senegal and Nigeria have already booked their places at the eight-nation AYC in March.

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles qualified as Lesotho were thrown out after their failure to turn up in Nigeria due to concerns over the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease there.

Congo, who won the 2007 AYC on home soil, could well defend their 2-0 lead in Alexandria on Sunday.

Egypt must be very wary of Congo striker Kader Bidimbou.

Bidimbou, who featured at last year’s African U17 Championship in Morocco, netted a brace in the first leg. He has also fired five goals in the last two matches for AC Leopards, who have now qualified for the semi-final of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Congo will also be seeking to avenge the painful loss of their juniors (U17) to their Egyptian counterparts in the recent qualifiers for the 2015 African U17 Championship.

Ghana and Cameroon also risk missing out on Senegal 2015.

World champions in 2009, Ghana were held at home to a goalless draw by Gabon, while Cameroon were pegged back 1-1 by visiting South Africa.

Ghana U20 coach Sellas Tetteh said his team have to improve on their finishing in Libreville after they threw away several chances against a very defensive Gabon.

Newly appointed South Africa coach Ephraim Mashaba will hope to leave his post as coach of the Amajita in style by dumping Cameroon at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Dumisani Msibi and skipper Ayanda Magqwaka will be expected to influence the outcome of this fixture after they were picked for the full international team recently.

Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire are expected to book their berths at the expense of Malawi and Libya respectively, but Togo face a Herculean task when they welcome Mali, who won the first clash 2-0 in Bamako.

The 2015 AYC will be staged in Senegal between March 8 and 22 with the semi-finalists qualifying for the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand later that year.

Fixtures

Saturday


Zambia vs Malawi (2-1)
Cote d’Ivoire vs Libya (1-2)
Gabon vs Ghana (0-0)


Sunday

South Africa vs Cameroon (1-1)
Togo vs Mali (0-2)
Egypt vs Congo (0-2)




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