Egypt attacking midfielder Mahmoud Kahraba
Friday Dec 04, 2015. 10:21
Egypt U-23 national team have no choice but to defeat Mali in M’Bour on Saturday, in their final Group B clash of the 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.
The young Pharaohs are lying third in the table on 2 points following back-to-back draws with Algeria and Nigeria, two points adrift of the leading duo. And any other result than a win for Egypt will see them bid farewell to the tournament.
However, national coach Hossam El-Badry remains confident they can extend their continental journey in their bid for a spot at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
“We have to concentrate on the Mali game and to forget the Nigeria match,” El-Badry commented after seeing his side overcome a 2-0 half-time deficit to earn a valuable draw against the Nigerians.
“I thanked the players after the game as they succeeded to come back to the game despite the controversial scenario we suffered from during the first half.
“We were able to win the game but the players' harry-up to score suspended their efforts, but we still have the chance to qualify.”
Meanwhile, it will be simply about national pride for Mali, who are still pointless after falling 3-2 to Nigeria and 2-0 to Algeria.
And the young Eagles will be looking to end their campaign on a higher note before packing their bags.
“We are going to lift our heads up and play the last game with determination for the honour of our country,” Mali U-23 assistant coach Issa Kolon Coulibaly promised.
The match will kick off at Stade Caroline Faye at 19h00 CAT on Saturday 5 December.