U23AFCON: Egypt Beat Guinea To Reach Final, Secure Olympic Ticket

Egypt ran out winners in the first semi-final of the CAF TotalEnergies U-23 Africa Cup of Nations defeating Guinea 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the final.

The Young Pharaohs kept alive their hopes of retaining the title and also secured their place in next year’s Olympic Games in Paris thanks to the victory in Tangiers.

Talented midfielder Mohamed Shehata Mahmoud’s fantastic first-half strike was what separated the two sides in the tension-filled encounter in the Moroccan city.

The first opportunity came from Guinea’s side as Ousmane Camara seized the ball following an error by Mohamed Tarek. However, Camara’s shot was deflected by Egyptian goalkeeper Hamza Alaa.

While Guinea dominated the game, the young Pharaohs’ captain, Ibrahim Adel, intercepted the ball and found Mohamed Shehata Mahmoud at the edge of the box. Mahmoud unleashed a powerful strike, securing a 1-0 lead for Egypt.

The African champions will defend their title on Saturday at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex.

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