Egypt's youth team (Photo: AL- Ahram archive)
Egypt's U-20 national team coach Rabie Yassin revealed that he is working hard to support his squad ahead of the 2013 U-20 African Championship that kicks off next March.
Yassin recalled Paris Saint-Germain’s playmaker Abdullah Yassin, PSV Eindhoven players Rami El-Ghandour and Amir Adel as well as Fares Afifi, who plays for the youth team in Utrecht to join Egypt’s U-20 squad. The team will take part in the 2013 U-20 African Championship.
"El-Ghandour will join Egypt camp this week while Yassin, Adel and Afifi will wait to conclude their international papers," Egypt coach told Reuters on Thursday.
"I am working hard not to repeat the saga of the AC Milan forward Stephan El-Shaarawy, who refused to wear the Egypt jersey," he added.
The 18-year-old forward Stephan El-Shaarawy of Egyptian origins revealed that he has no thoughts of representing Egypt on a senior-level and preferred to play for Italy’s team.
"I will fight to keep every Egyptian player who can help our team in the future, Yassin said.
Under the helm of Rabie Yassin, Egypt has been drawn in Group A alongside hosts Algeria, Ghana and Benin in the upcoming U-20 African Championship group stage in March 2013.
"We are in a tough bracket, but we have a superb team." The tactician concluded.
The semifinalists of this competition will represent the continent in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
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