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Egypt U-20 coach confident ahead of Angola clash

Rabie Yassin voices optimism regarding team's prospects for reaching U-20 African championship in run-up to second-leg clash with Angola

Mohamad Mosselhi , Monday 1 Oct 2012
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Egypt U-20 coach Rabie Yassin (Photo: AL-Ahram)
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Egypt U-20 coach Rabie Yassin expressed confidence regarding Egypt's capacity to reach next year's U-20 African championship, set to be played in Algeria, following his team's narrow first-leg victory against Angola.

The Egyptian youth team beat Angola 2-1 in the first leg of the final round of the qualifiers, held two weeks ago in Cairo. They are now looking to avoid defeat in the second leg, scheduled for Sunday, 7 October, in Luanda.

"My team is completely prepared for the upcoming clash," Yassin told Ahram Sport on Monday. "I hope we succeed in our difficult mission in Luanda."

"Our ambitions go beyond qualification for the African championships; we're looking to reach the FIFA U-20 World Cup," the Egyptian coach added.

On Monday, Yassin announced his 20-man squad, which will face Angola.

The list included several players who have experience playing with seniors, such as Ahly's duo Mahmoud Trezeguet and defender Rami Rabie, who played with the Red Devils in their CAF Champions League campaign this season.

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