LIVE: Ghana v Egypt | U23 AFCON 2019

LIVE: Ghana v Egypt | U23 AFCON 2019

Time: 20:00 Cairo local time (GMT+2) | 13:00 ET Canada-USA

Venue: Cairo Stadium

Egypt’s U-23 football team coach Shawky Gharib has defended his team’s strategy in the current U23 Africa Cup of Nations, asking Egyptian fans for more support in Monday’s second match against Ghana.

The young Pharaohs were criticized for keeping a tightened defence in many occasions in Friday’s 1-0 win over Mali in the tournament’s opening match, but Gharib said he has his own point of view.

“I didn’t ask players to concentrate only on defence, but our responsibility was to keep our leadership and win the match. Dominating the ball isn’t the most important thing in football as winning is more important in the current period,” the coach said in the Ghana pre-match press conference on Sunday.

“Egypt’s team is a big one and we play only to win and reach the Olympics,” he added.

After the victory over Mali, Egypt now tops Group A with three points, while Cameroon and Ghana share the spoils after their 1-1 draw, also on Friday. The top three in the tournament will reach next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“The Ghana match is an important one and we’ve studied them well like we had with Mali. Ghana’s team will have bigger ambitions as the team has many good players who seek to play abroad. We have no other option but to win to reach the next round,” Gharib explained.

It has been confirmed that Ahly’s playmaker Nasser Maher will miss the rest of the tournament due to injury, adding more woes for Gharib, who is already missing the services of other key players like Karim Nedved, Taher Mohamed and Mohamed Mahmoud due to different injuries.

Egypt finished third in the 2011 U23 Nations Cup and suffered an embarrassing group-stage exit in the 2015 edition.

LIVE: Ghana v Egypt | U23 AFCON 2019

Time: 20:00 Cairo local time (GMT+2) | 13:00 ET Canada-USA

Live feed will be updated 30mins before K.O.

FT Egypt 3-2 Ghana

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