Egypt and Côte d'Ivoire national football teams have booked their places in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games after claiming victories in the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations semifinals on Tuesday November 19th at Cairo stadium.
Côte d'Ivoire defeated Ghana 3-2 on penalties in the continental tournament’s semifinals after the game’s fulltime result ended with 2-2 draw between the two sides. Meanwhile, Egypt defeated South Africa 3-0.
Côte d'Ivoire 3-2 Ghana
The Ivorian side snatched the lead 13 minutes from the start when Youssef Dao struck a goal before Yaw Yeboah scored the draw for Ghana six minutes after the break.
Dao came again under the spotlight when he scored the second goal for his team five minutes before the final whistle.
However, Ghana turned the tables on the winners Côte d'Ivoire during the injury time when Evans Mensah snatched the equaliser after a brilliant faint inside the area.
The game went to a penalty shootout that saw Côte d'Ivoire win 3-2 over Ghana, who failed to score two times during the penalty kicks.
Egypt 3-0 South Africa
Egypt also defeated South Africa 3-0 in the second game of the tournament’s semifinals on November 19th to set up a final showdown against Côte d'Ivoire.
Ramadan Sobhi opened the scoring for Egypt from a penalty kick in the 59th minute after South Africa defender suspended the ball with his right hand inside the area.
Abdel-Rahman Magdi doubled the score for Egypt in the 84th minute before scoring his second goal and the third for the young Pharaohs one minute before the final whistle.
The young pharaohs dominated their foes decisively during the second halftime of the semifinal game.
Egypt is set up for a crunch showdown against Côte d'Ivoire in the tournament’s final on November 22nd, a few hours after playing the third-place decider game.
The continental tournament is currently taking place in Egypt from November 8thto 22nd with the participation of eight teams.
The top three in the AFCON U-23 will represent the continent in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.