Egypt U-20 defeat Kenya 3-2 in friendly ahead of AFCON
Egypt’s U-20 national team defeated Kenya in a warm-up game for the U-20 African Cup of Nations, which will be held in Zambia from February 26 to March 12.
Egypt was seeded in Group A alongside hosts Zambia, Mali, and Guinea, with the top two teams advance to the semi-finals and qualify for the 2017 U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
The Pharaoh’s U-20 team dominated the first-half of the game, with Kenya having only one dangerous chance and the Egyptians turned their dominance into goals when Petrojet’s Ahmed Mostafa won a penalty, which was scored by Karim Nedved, in the 20th minute.
In the 33rd-minute Al Ahly’s Ahmed Hamdy doubled Egypt’s lead, before Zamalek loanee Mostafa Mohamed scored Egypt’s third goal of the game, ending the first-half 3-0.
The young Pharaohs had a solid lead at the half-time break, but the Kenyans made a comeback in the second-half as Ovellah Ochieng scored in the 50th minute to pull one back for the visitors.
Eight minutes later, Ahmed Mostafa received a second yellow, forcing the Egyptians to continue the game with 10 players.
Kenya dominated the second-half, as Ovellah managed to score Kenya’s second and final goal of the game in the 84th minute, ending the game 3-2 to Egypt.
It is worth noting that Egypt will kick-off their U-20 AFCON campaign on the 26th of February, against Mali then will face Guinea and Zambia on March 1 and March 4 respectively.
The Egyptian squad includes Al Ahly’s rising stars Karim Nedved and Akram Tawfik after the Red Devils decided to let them join the national team, and Zamalek’s Ahmed Abo El-Fotouh, who made his debut recently against Entag.
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