Nigeria U20-Egypt U20 Preview: Young Pharaohs gunning for first AYC victory against Flying Eagles

The Flying Eagles will be eager to continue their winning streak against their North African opponents but will face tough opposition in Rabie Yassin's undefeated side
One of the greatest rivalries in African Youth Championship history will be rekindled on Tuesday evening at the Omar Oucief Stadium as Nigeria tackles Egypt in one of the 2013 Ayc semi final pairings.

These two teams are not strangers to one another as this will be their third meeting in two months after they had engaged on a two-legged friendly before the commencement of this championship.

The Young Pharaohs will have every reason to worry about the Flying Eagles, because they have never overcome the Nigerians at this level of football. Though they picked maximum points enroute this stage, they will have their hands full facing John Obuh's team that seems to be getting their foot right as the tourney progresses.

Although both teams are World Cup-bound, the prestige of going to Turkey as African champions will make the battle a fierce one. Nigeria is the most sucessful team in AYC history, while Egypt boasts of the the most appearances at the tournament.

On the other hand, Nigeria will be facing their second stern test after losing the first one to Mali. With Umar Aminu rediscovering his scoring form and Kayode Olarenwaju's return to the squad after serving match suspension, the Young Pharaohs' defence is in for serious trouble.

Even with this optimism, Obuh's team should be wary of this Egyptian side that scores at will. Ramy Rabiaa who is the captain of the side should be closely monitored because his aerial prowess has torn apart opposing defences, while close tabs should be kept on Saleh Gomaa and PSV of Holland's Amir Adel as they possess deft touches on the ball and ability to shoot from long range.

Coach Yassim will be banking on the heroics of goalkeeper Mosaad Awad who has only been beaten once in this competition to prevent the attacking forays of Egbedi Edafe from recking havoc.