Egypt must beat South Africa, says Olympic coach

Mahmoud Mohamed, Thursday 1 Dec 2011

South Africa match is the last chance for Egypt to win a place at the 2012 London Olympic Games

Hany Ramzy
Egypt U-23 team coach Hany Ramzy

Egypt Olympic team coach Hany Ramzy on Thursday said his team must beat South Africa in the third round of the U-23 African Championship as it is their last chance to qualify for the Olympics after losing to the Ivory Coast in the second round.

The Young Pharaohs missed out on the chance to reach the U-23 African Championship semi-final with one game to spare after another mediocre display saw them suffer a 1-0 defeat to the Ivory Coast in Group B on Wednesday.

“Losing the Ivory Coast game denied us a chance to book an early place in the semifinals,” Ramzy admitted after the game.  

“Our replacements gave us the upper hand in the second half but Ivory Coast snatched a winning goal at the end of the game” he added.

Egypt must beat South Africa in their final match to ensure their advance to the semis as they bid to end a 20-year wait for an Olympic appearance.

 “I will make full changes to the team and tactics when we play South Africa,” added Ramzy.

Egypt are set to face South Africa on Saturday in the third round of the U-23 African Championship.

Egypt are second in Group B with three points, one behind the Ivory Coast.

The winners, runners-up and third-placed team in the African Championship will directly qualify for next year’s London Olympic Games. The fourth-placed side will have to overcome an Asian representative in a playoff.  

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