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Egypt U-17s survive penalties in Congo to advance in qualifying
The Egypt U-17 national team have advanced to the third round of qualifying for the 2015 U-17 CAN after defeating Congo on penalties.
The first leg was played on June 20, and manager Gamal Mohamed Aly led the Young Pharaohs to a 1-0 victory in Cairo.
However, The Red Devils of Congo were able to pull off a 1-0 victory in Pointe-Noire on Sunday afternoon. Following the aggregate tie, the game headed to penalties and Egypt managed to scrape through 6-5.
In the third and final round, Egypt will play South Africa, who obtained a 4-0 aggregate win over Tanzania. If Egypt advance past South Africa, they will have secured a spot in the 2015 CAF U-17 Championship.
The U-17 AFCON will be held in Niger from February 15 to March 1, 2015. Eight teams will compete for the title, with the top 4 teams qualifying to the 2015 U-17 World Cup.
It should be noted that the U-17 team qualified for the 2013 AFCON but were forced to withdraw due to security concerns following the turmoil in Egypt. The U-17 team secured their one and only CAF Championship win in 1997, which was their first-ever appearance in the tournament.