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Egypt U-23s to play two friendlies against Ghana
Egypt’s Olympic team is set to take on its Ghana counterpart twice to kick-off the New Year.
The Egypt U-23 national team is set to face Ghana in two friendlies later this month in preparation for the 2015 CAF U-23 Championship, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced.
The first friendly is set to take place in Ghana on January 13, while the subsequent match will be played in Cairo four days later.
The teams will be hoping to secure qualification to the 2015 CAF U-23 Championship later this year. The tournament’s top three finishers will automatically qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
“The Olympic team will play two friendly matches against Ghana on 13 and 17 January in Cairo,” the EFA said in a statement on its official website.
“The two matches are part of the teams’ preparations for the 2015 All-Africa Games qualifiers and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” the statement added.
It is worth noting Nigeria U-23 Media Officer Timi Ebikagboro previously made an announcement that the Eagles would face Egypt four times in the New Year, listing January 15 and 17, and February 20 and 22 as the match dates.
Egypt’s U-23 squad, currently led by ex-Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry, is hoping to qualify for the Olympics for the second time running. The team made the quarter-finals at London 2012 with ex-Egypt international Hany Ramzy at the helm, its first trip to the Olympics in 20 years.