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Egypt Under-20 vows to stun Kenya in qualifiers

Egypt Under-20 vows to stun Kenya in qualifiers

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The Egyptian team manager believes that bad luck cost them victory in the first leg match and they are prepared to make amends with victory when they face Kenya on Saturday

Egypt national Under-20 team manager Taha Elsayed is confident that they will toss out Kenya when the two sides clash in the return leg match of the Africa Youth qualifier at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.

The Egyptians arrived in Nairobi in the wee hours of Tuesday morning ready for battle having settled to a barren draw in the first leg match played in Cairo a fortnight ago.

"We have prepared well and are looking forward to Saturday's match," Elsayed told at the team's Hilton Hotel. "I know it will be a tough task playing away from home but the team is pysched and prepared to overcome the handle."

Elsayed admitted that the outcome of the first leg encounter was not what they anticipated. "We had bad luck...really bad luck i should say in the first leg. The result in Cairo was not good enough for us and even the players have been told the same."

"We are not going to underrate Kenya. They gave us a good match in Cairo and we want to be very cautious against them on Saturday. I strongly believe that with the kind of preparations we have undergone since then, we stand a chance of qualifying."

The Egyptian side will be boosted with the return of striker Mohammed Ahmed, who sat out of the first leg duel through injury. "We are still accessing his injury situation but i can confirm that Ahmed is part of the team."

Kenya have also boosted their squad with the inclusion of Chemelil Sugar utility player Kassim Mohammed and Gor Mahia's Edwin Lavasta. Burundian centre referee Eric Gasinzwaga will officiate the duel assisted by countrymen Jean Claude Birumushahu as the first assistant and Nijembere Ramadhan the second. The match commissioner will be Or Ben Hassan from Comoros.