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Egypt U-20 team to face Algeria in pair of friendlies

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Egypt’s U-20 team will travel to for a pair of friendlies

The Egyptian Under-20 National team will play two friendlies against Algeria at the end of the month according to the Algerian Football Federation. Algerian FA president Mohamed Raouraoua announced the information during a press conference earlier this week, adding that both  matches will take place in Algeria.

The friendlies will serve as preparation for both sides as they prepare for the 2017 qualifiers. While CAF has not yet released details on the qualification process, the first round of qualifiers is expected to start in April.

Last month, Egypt’s Under-20 coach Moatemed Gamal called up 26 players for a week-long training camp at the FIFA Goal Programme Technical Centre in the 6th of October City in Giza. The camp was was capped off with a friendly match against the youth team of a second division side.

Gamal’s side also played a pair of friendlies on the road against Sudan in November, as well as another friendly against Tunisia in Alexandria in September.

The Egyptian Under-20 team will look to bounce back after a disappointing showing in 2015 in which it failed to qualify for African U-20 Championship in Senegal after falling to Congo in the second of qualifiers. In 2013, after winning the 2013 edition, led by a talented generation of youngsters featuring the likes of Kahraba, Saleh Gomaa and Ramy Rabia, won the 2013 Africa U-20 Championship and narrowly missed out on the knock-out stage of the U-20 World Cup.

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