With Egypt exiting from the tournament in the noon kick-off, Senegal were left as the solitary flag-bearers for Africa in the clash against CONCACAF U-23 champions Mexico. As they lined up in the tunnel you could have been excused for thinking it was a senior team against an academy, such was the disequilibrium of the physical attributes between the two sides: Senegal omnipresent with the imposing West African physique; Mexico more in harmony with the tika-taka-esque, diminutive stature that we have come to associate with the Spain national team. Mexico were leading 2-0 just past the hour and it looked like it was all over, but Senegal dramatically equalised in a frantic seven minutes to take the game to extra-time in a thoroughly enchanting game. Ultimately, it was two horrific errors by Papa Gueye and Abdoulaye Ba, archetypal African naivety, which were the locks in the cage for the Teranga Lions. Here is what we learned:
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Tags: Abdoulaye Ba, Javier Aquino, London 2012, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Mexico, Olympics, Ousmane Mane, Papa Gueye, Senegal, West Ham
Tags: Ahmed Hegazy, Egypt, Hiroshi Kiyotake, Japan, Kensuke Nagai, Manabu Saito, Maya Yoshida, Saad Samir, Yuki Otsu
A lunch time Kick off at Old Trafford with a different flavour, it wasn’t the Red Devils running onto the pitch, instead Japan and Egypt strolled onto the field for their quarter final game in the London Olympics; an Afro-Asian tussle of epic proportions awaited a raucous and impressive crowd of 70,772 .
Tags: Allen Nono, Axel Meye, Gabon, Giovanni Dos Santos, Henri Ndong, Jerry Obiang, Mexico, Oribe Peralta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Africa U-23 champions Gabon debuted in the Olympics with an encouraging 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Thursday. On his debut for SFG, Nathan Carr views how Les Panthères fared against CONCACAF U-23 champions Mexico.
Not quite the result Gabon were looking for – but one mustn’t be too hard on them after a strong, admirable Mexico side were clinical in the final stages of the game.
Tags: Abdelaziz Barrada, Houssine Kharja, London 2012 Olympics, Morocco, Pim Verbeek
The Status Quo
With a conveyor belt of promising French-born and Dutch-born talent filtering through to the Moroccan team, these are promising times for Moroccan football. With a few more additions in the full squad, particularly in the backline, there is no reason why they can’t become one of the top teams in the world and start writing their names in history for the right reasons; relinquishing the tag as one of Africa’s ultimate bottlers.
Tags: CAF U-23 Championship, Egypt, Egypt U-23 profile, Hany Ramzy, London 2012 Olympics, Mohamed Aboutrika, Mohamed Salah, Saleh Gomaa
The Status Quo
Egypt has gone through tough times recently with political turbulence and the Port Said tragedy that claimed 79 lives. The fallout of the latter saw domestic football abandoned. Added to that, although much less significant with all things considered, has been Egypt’s second successive failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations after losing in a preliminary qualifier to Central African Republic at the end of June.