Junior Pharaohs target last four in ACN U-17

Eslam Omar, Thursday 6 Jan 2011

Semi-final place will book the team's passage to the U-17 World Cup finals next summer in Mexico

Egypt U-17 assistant coach Tamer Abdel-Hamid

Egypt U-17 assistant coach Tamer Abdel Hamid said he is confident that his team will accomplish their target of reaching the last four in the CAF U-17 Championship in Rwanda that kicks off next Saturday.

“We are here to qualify for the World Cup finals. Of course we want to win the tournament but our priority is to qualify for the World Cup which literally means reaching the semi-finals,” Abdel Hamid said when the team arrived at the Kigali Airport.

The ninth edition of the tournament will be played from January 8-22. The semi-finalists will qualify for the U17 World Cup, scheduled for July in Mexico.

“We have prepared well and should have a good tournament. Also, we are comfortable playing here (Rwanda) as we feel at home,” Abdel Hamid added.

The young Pharaohs will open their campaign on Saturday against Senegal then they will take on the hosts three days later before ending their group stage games against Burkina Faso on January 14.

Egypt are looking for their first title in 14 years when they won in Botswana.

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