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Egypt U23 team to play eight friendlies in 2020 Olympic Games warm-up

The young Pharaohs ensured a place at the Olympic Games for the 12th time after defeating South Africa 3-0 in the semi final of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo last month

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 8 Dec 2019
Shawky Gharib
Egypt coach Shawky Gharib (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's U23 national football team coach Shawky Gharib announced that he will do his best to snatch a medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, stressing the team will be well prepared for the tournament.

The young Pharaohs ensured a place at the Olympic Games for the 12th time after defeating South Africa 3-0 in the semi final of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo last month, before later claiming the tournament's title.

"We still have seven months before the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games and we only have two international breaks in the FIFA's agenda in March and June," Gharib told a television programme.

"We aim to play eight friendly games during the Olympic warm-ups as we hope to win an Olympic medal," the Olympic national team coach said.

Gharib and the Olympic national team squad was honoured by Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday for winning the U23 Africa Cup of Nations and reaching the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

"The president told us that the mission has not been completed as the country still needs to achieve more at the biggest sports event in Tokyo 2020," Gharib added.

"We have a big motivation to make a great achievement for Egyptian football, as all Egyptians are happy with our national team for what they did in the Africa Cup of Nations," he said.

The 2020 Olympic Games tournament is scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

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