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EFA praises U-23 team for making Olympics

Egypt FA boss lauds team for breaking country's two-decade Olympic drought, hopes for more victories at 2012 London Games

Mahmoud Mohamed, Monday 12 Dec 2011
Samer Zaher
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Egypt Football Association (EFA) President Samir Zaher announced Monday that the U-23 national team deserve respect for reaching the Olympic Games for the first time in 20 years.

“We will support the Olympic team during the coming period to achieve more in the London Games,” Zaher told Ahram.

Under the helm of Hany Ramzy, Egypt’s Olympic team are set to establish a preparatory camp for the 2012 London Games in order to train for the upcoming international tournament.

“We are waiting for Ramzy’s plan for the upcoming camps and we are ready to ease its way,” Zaher said. “We will provide international friendlies inside or outside Egypt.”

Egypt ended a 20-year Olympic drought after claiming a 2-0 victory over Senegal in the U-23 African Championship. Their last appearance at the quadrennial showpiece came in 1992 in Barcelona, where they lost to Spain and Qatar before defeating Colombia, though they ultimately failed to get beyond the group stage.

“I hope Egypt’s Olympic team will add a chapter to Egyptian football history when they travel to London,” the EFA chairman concluded.

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