The international governing body of football, FIFA’s official site revealed on Saturday that Egypt and Zamalek forward Mohamed Ibrahim is the first African player to ever score three goals in one match - hat-trick - in the history of the U-20 World Cup Championship since its start in 1977.
“Egypt’s Ibrahim was the game star against Austria in the third round of the U-20 World Cup,” read a statement on FIFA website.
The 19-year-old, who came through the youth ranks of Cairo giants Zamalek, netted three second-half goals as Egypt crushed Austria 4-0 to qualify for the World Cup round of 16.
Egypt, who defeated Panama 1-0 in their previous match, finished second in Group E with seven points, behind leaders Brazil on goal difference after the latter thrashed Panama 4-0.
They will face Group F winners Argentina, the record winners of the tournament with six titles under their belt, in the round of 16. It will be their fourth U-20 World Cup meeting in a decade.