LIVE: Egypt (U20) v MALI | U20 African Cup of Nations 2017
Group A | U20 African Cup of Nations 2017
Time: 18:00 Cairo Local Time
Venue: National Heroes Stadium, Zambia
Four-time champions Egypt will kick off their U-20 African Championship campaign against Mali in Lusaka competing alongside hosts Zambia and Guinea in Group A.
The 2017 U20 African Cup of Nations will take place in Zambia starting from 26 February until 12 March as the top four teams will qualify for the 2017 U-20 World Cup in South Korea from 20 May to 11 June.
Metemed Gamal’s men will be vying for a top-two finish to qualify for the semis of the biennial tournament, whose all semi-finalists will reach the U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
Few players are quite known to Egyptian football fans having featured with the Ahly and Zamalek first-teams, with Karim Walid ‘Nedved’, Akram Tawfik and full-back Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh all in the Egypt squad.
Group B of the eight-team tournament comprises South Africa, Cameroon, Sudan and Senegal, who play the majority of their group games in Ndola.
The Pharaohs last won the African championship in 2013, 10 years after claiming the title with former manager Hassan Shehata.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup will take place in South Korea 20 May to 11 June in South Korea.