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Ramzy expects Moroccan support in Olympic qualifiers

Egypt U-23 coach says moving tournament from Egypt to Morocco did not affect players' morale

Mahmoud Mohamed, Thursday 24 Nov 2011
Hany Ramzy
A Head coach of Egyptian Olympic team Hany Ramzy
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Egypt U-23 coach Hany Ramzy has revealed his players are fit to compete in the African Championship and earn a spot at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

“All Olympic team players are doing their best to reach the 2012 London Games,” Ramzy was quoted as saying on cafonline on Thursday.

The tournament was due to be held in Egypt but the EFA asked for the tournament to be moved due to security concerns.

“Moving the competition from Egypt to Morocco just a month before it was due to start didn’t affect the player’s morale,” he added

“Playing at home in front of our own supporters would have given our young players a huge boost, but we just have to take this as a new challenge.”

Egypt’s Olympic team, which hasn’t qualified for the Olympic Games since 1992, has been drawn in Group A of the eight-team African qualifying tournament alongside the Ivory Coast, South Africa and Gabon.

“Morocco is an Arab country and I know the Moroccan public will get behind us, especially since we’ve been drawn in Group B with Gabon, Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa.

“The matches will be tough but, as I said before, if we get off to a good start in the opening game against Gabon, it will be a huge boost for us.”

The 42-year old tactician said the final squad for the tournament would be announced on 26 December.

The winners of each group in the U-23 African Championship will qualify directly for the London games. The runners-up in the two groups will face each other for the remaining place.

The losing team in the runners-up playoff game will still have a chance to qualify against an Asian representative in a two-legged tie.ex

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