Caf Under-23 Olympic qualifying round-up: South Africa hold Ivory Coast, Egypt narrowly beat Gabon

The Olympic qualifying tournament for African teams is currently taking place in Morocco, with eight teams battling to earn three qualifying spots and one play-off place
The Caf Under-23 Championship is serving as the qualification competition which will see the representatives from Africa emerge ahead of the Olympics in London next year.

Three of the eight teams taking part in Morocco will qualify for London 2012, while a fourth will go into a play-off match. The U23 Championship runs from November 26 to December 10.

Morocco U23 1-0 Nigeria U23

Morocco got their African Under-23 Championships campaign off to a perfect start on Saturday when they beating Nigeria 1-0 in Tangiers thanks to a penalty converted by Abdelaziz Barrada.

Barrada opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 25 minutes after Nigeria's Emmanuel Anyanwu was judged to have fouled Yacine Qasmi in the box.

Nigeria, who struggled to string their passes together are aware that they must improve their game if they are to beat Senegal in their next match on Tuesday.

Algeria U23 1-0 Senegal U23

Algeria also opened their U23 African Championship campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over Senegal in an open game that had numerous scoring chances during a group A match in Tangiers.

Algeria had the lion's share of possession and created more chances but poor finishing was evident and some ill-luck too contributed to the low score.

The match took off at a fast pace as early as the 8th minute, Algeria's Mohamed Chalali nearly opened the scoring when his well struck shot cannoned off the upright with goalkeeper Ousmane Mane well beaten.

The goal scorer then turned villain when he picked up his second yellow card for dissent and was dismissed in the injury time.

Egypt U23 1-0 Gabon U23

Egypt got a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Gabon in their opening game of the CAF Under-23 Championship on Sunday.

A dull affair was settled by a second-half goal from Ghazl Mahalla midfielder Ahmed Magdi, who slid home a low ball by Omar Gaber on 56 minutes.

Hany Ramzy's side were hoping for a bigger win as they now face tough tests against Group B rivals Ivory Coast and South Africa in their quest to reach the 2012 Olympic Games. Egypt's next game will be against the Elephants on Wednesday.

South Africa U23 1-1 Cote D'Ivoire U23

South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire played to a 1-1 draw in their opening match of the CAF Under-23 Championship in Marrakesh on Sunday night.

The South Africans took a first-half lead through Ace Bhengu, but were reduced to 10 men on 52 minutes when the careless Thamsanqa Sangweni received a second yellow card.

Amaglug-glug goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo saved a penalty from Jean-Michel Seri, but the Ivorians then equalized with eight minutes remaining through Henri Griffiths.