Egypt Olympic team coach Hany Ramzy gave credit Sunday to his team's goalkeeper, Ahmed El-Shennawy, for the 2-0 victory over South Africa in the U-23 African Championship on Saturday.
“I was worried when at the end of the first half we finished with a goalless draw,” Ramzy confessed to a television programme after the game.
Egypt edged closer to ending their long wait for an Olympic appearance after beating South Africa 2-0 on Saturday to qualify for the U-23 African Championship semi final in Morocco.
“The players did their best at the beginning of the second half and edged to sign the first goal quickly” he added.
In another game, ten-man Gabon caused an upset after coming from behind to beat Ivory Coast 3-1 and finish second on four points to join Egypt in the semis. They went through due to their better head-to-head record than Ivory Coast, who also collected four points.
“When I learnt that Gabon scored two goals against Ivory Coast I asked Egypt players to do work harder to ensure they reach the championship semis.”
Ramzy concluded his statements by greeting his players and gives a pat on the back of goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy for his performance in the game.
“All the players deserve praise, especially El-Shennawy: I think he is the man of the match,” Egypt coach admitted.