Egypt U-20 men’s national football team assistant coach Ahmed Farouk has declared his team ready for the 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations saying the target was to win the tournament.
Farouk told supersport.com that the objective of every Egyptian national side was to win every competition they participated in and that it was the same for the U-20 Afcon taking place in Zambia.
“We are here in this competition with seven other good teams who are the best in Africa at this level. We are ready to play any team and win because our target is to get to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup and to win the title. We are here to compete. We always play to win any tournament they take part in. We are here because we want to win," said Farouk.
And Egypt U-20 captain Omar Radwan believes that the tournament in Zambia will be closely followed by scouts and player agents thereby giving emerging stars like himself a platform to expose their talent.
The 19-year old Sharqia goalkeeper is targeting a move to Europe after the tournament.
“I am very ambitious and I hope that this tournament will help to expose me to scouts and agents to play in Europe," Radwan said.
Egypt is the second most successful team in the U-20 category after Nigeria and will be chasing a fifth title having won the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations formerly African Youth Championship four times (1981,1991, 2003, 2013).
They are placed in Group A along with hosts Zambia, Mali and Guinea. Their opening match with Mali at the Heroes Stadium will be played at 18h00 follwing the tournament’s opening match between Zambia and Guinea.