Egypt’s Olympic national football team defeated their counterpart in Mali 1-0 in the opening day of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday, November 8th at Cairo International Stadium.
Zamalek striker Mostafa Mohamed snatched the victory for the young Pharaohs in the 29th minute after beating his marker to head a cross from left winger Ahmed Aboul Fotouh into the foes’ nets.
Hosts Egypt dominated their opponents as they were close to snatch an early lead after only 15 minutes from the start when the team’s skipper Ramadan Sobhi struck the ball that was sent to striker Salah Mohsen, but Mali’s keeper saved it.
Mali created their first scoring chance seven minutes before the break when striker El Bilal Toure headed just wide from a corner.
In the second half, Mali players did their best to return to the game as they lost a scoring chance from a far-post header from Aly Mallé that was blocked by Egypt’s keeper Mohamed Sobhi.
The two sides completed the game in unconvinced form as they were mired with too many miss-placed passes.
The continental tournament takes place in Egypt from November 8th to 22nd with the participation of eight topflight African national teams vying for a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The top three teams in the AFCON U-23 will represent the continent in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The eight teams are divided into two groups. Egypt, Mali, Cameroon and Ghana are in Group A, while Nigeria, Cote d'lvoire South Africa, and Zambia come in Group B.