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Egypt warm up for Tokyo by crushing South Africa again

Egypt's U23 side claim another victory over South Africa as they gear up for next month's Olympic Games in Tokyo

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Jun 2021
Egypt 3-0 South Africa
Egypt defeat South Africa 3-0 in friendly (Ahram)
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Egypt's U23 team claimed their second victory over South Africa in three days after crushing them 3-0 in a warm-up game for next month's Olympic Games in Tokyo on Sunday.

Striker Ahmed Yasser Rayyan, who plays on loan at Ceramica Cleopatra from Cairo giants Ahly, netted twice in Suez and Salah Mohsen was also on target in three first-half minutes as Egypt secured a comfortable victory in Suez.

Rayyan intercepted a poor pass from South Africa's keeper in the area to fire home into an empty net on 17 minutes.

He scored again two minutes later after another dreadful blunder, robbing a defender to break clear and slot home with aplomb.

Ahly winger Mohsen added a third in the 22nd minute with a superb curling shot from a tight angle to finish off a flowing move.

Egypt eased off after the break but coach Shawky Gharib will take heart from an efficient display from Rayyan, who can now stake his claim for a regular place after reports suggested that Turkish side Galatasaray would not release Mostafa Mohamed for the Olympics.

In-form striker Mohamed netted a double as Egypt defeated South Africa 2-0 at the same venue on Thursday.

The Pharaohs were drawn in a tough group at the Olympic Games along with heavyweights Spain, Argentina, and Australia.

The 2012 quarter-finalists will open their campaign against Spain on 22 July before facing Argentina three days later and Australia on 28 July.

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