AFCON U20: Hosts Egypt Meet Record Winners Nigeria

Tuesday, February 21
*Gambia 1-0 Tunisia
*Benin 1-1 Zambia

Wednesday, February 22
*Mozambique Vs Senegal – 5pm
*Nigeria Vs Egypt – 8pm

Hosts Egypt will seek to make amends when they face off with record winners Nigeria at the ongoing AFCON U20 tournament.

The Pharaohs fired blanks in a barren draw with Mozambique in the opening Group A encounter on Sunday.

“We started working right after the Mozambique game,” Mahmoud Gaber said as quoted by CAF. “Everyone is ready and we’re very motivated to win.”

“It is possible that we will change the way we play against Nigeria. We watched the Nigeria-Senegal match and we prepared well for the match,” said the former Ismaily coach.

“We suffered from a low defensive block against Mozambique, and we will not suffer from this against Nigeria due to the different way of playing.”

Egypt will seek to at least avoid defeat, to still have a chance of progressing to the next round, as the top two teams in the group and two best third placed sides from all the three groups combined, all reach the knockout.

Egypt have won this tournament four times, including in 1991 when they lifted it as hosts.

Since winning their last title in 2013, Egypt have fluttered to deceive. Did not qualify in 2015, 2019 and 2019 and failed to go past the group stages in 2017.

Nigeria on the other hand, are record winners with seven titles, with their last coming in 2015.

They failed to qualify in the last edition (2021) in Mauritania.

In Egypt, they suffered a defeat against Senegal, 1-0, with Soulaymabe Faye on target.

“We lost to Senegal, although we were the best. But they were able to take advantage of the opportunities and succeeded in resolving the match in their favour,” Nigeria Coach Laden Bosco said.

“We prepared very well to face the Egyptian national team, as coaches, we know how to deal with the loss and overcome it, and we are ready for the Egypt match.”



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