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Egypt, Ivory Coast U-23 Qualify For Olympic 2020

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Egypt and Ivory Coast are through to the final of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations after semi-final victories on Tuesday.

The wins mean both Egypt and Ivory Coast have qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Hosts Egypt beat South Africa 3-0 in their semi, whilst Ivory Coast overtook Ghana on penalties after a 2-all draw.

The beaten semi-finalists will compete for Africa’s final spot in Tokyo in the 3rd/4th place play-off on Friday.

Egypt, playing in front of a vocal home crowd, took the lead against South Africa through captain Ramadan Sobhy’s 59th minute penalty.

Abdel Rahman Magdy scored twice late on to give them an emphatic 3-0 victory.

“It was huge playing in front of all these crowds,” the Olympic Pharaohs’ Taher Mohamed said.

“That’s the thing that helped us a lot in the four games – the crowd. We feel very proud that we qualified for the Olympics.”

The earlier match was a much tighter contest, decided in Ivory Coast’s favour by a penalty shoot-out over Ghana.

The Ivorians took the lead twice through Youssouf Dao only for Ghana to equalise – with the second coming in stoppage time at the end of the game.

Neither side could break the deadlock in extra-time, although both went close, and Ivory Coast took the penalty shoot-out 3-2.

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