Egypt seal semis berth at Under-23 Cup of Nations

Egypt seal semis berth at Under-23 Cup of Nations

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Nov 12, 2019. 10:00

Egypt sealed their place in the semifinals of the 2019 Africa Under-23 Cup of nations, and a step closer to the Olympic Games, after as thrilling come-back to defeat Ghana in their group A clash on Monday.

Yaw Yeboah put the west Africans ahead after only six minutes, but a superb header from Mostafa Mohamed left the teams level at 1-1 at the break.

Ghana made the quicker start to the second half and were ahead again early on when Samuel Obing fired home.

Egypt missed a host of chances to equalize and looked to be heading for defeat before two late strikes turned the fixture around and handed them the points.

Ramadan Sobhy knocked home a rebound before Ahmed Rayan headed home from a corner to seal the win in front of 40,000 delirious fans.

“We achieved the first step but we won nothing yet,” Egypt coach Shawky Gharib said. “I said before our first target is the Olympics ticket, and the second is the cup.

“I thank my players for their great performance. I told the fans we won’t let them down and I hope we can continue doing that.”

Ghana coach Ibrahim Tanko praised his players for their effort, even if they fell short.

“We played a great game but lost in the end, this is football. I congratulate Egypt on qualifying. We will play to win against Mali and hope for a favorable result from Egypt match against Cameroon.”

Egypt must finish in the top three at the tournament to book their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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