Egypt U23 captain Sobhi warns South Africa

Egypt U23 captain Sobhi warns South Africa
Ramadan Sobhi of Egypt

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 19, 2019. 08:00

Egypt Under-23 captain Ramadan Sobhi says they have identified South Africa’s weaknesses ahead of their clash in the 2019 U23 AFCON semi-finals.

The two teams are set to meet at the Cairo International Stadium on Tuesday with the winning side qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

“We played three really good games but we still haven’t achieved anything. Our goal is to qualify for the Olympics,” Sobhi told the media.

“We dealt really well with the pressure. The only source of pressure is the responsibility we have and I hope it won’t affect us.

South Africa are yet to concede in the tournament, while Egypt have netted six goals in the competition.

“They’re a very clever side, but let’s not forget that we scored six goals. Since our win against Cameroon in the third round we’ve been studying their strengths and weaknesses. And we’ll work on making the most out of our chances,” he added.

“We don’t have any individual ambitions. The most important thing is to reach the Olympics, then we can think about other goals such as playing abroad, which could be more easily achieved if we get more exposure by playing in Tokyo.

“I can’t talk about my future now, I’m solely focused on the tournament” he concluded

The winner between Egypt and South Africa will face either Ivory Coast and Ghana in the final on Friday.

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