Egypt hosted and won a recent friendly U-20 invitational tournament, building up their preparations ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup they will host in the coming months. Three of the five teams that took part in the friendly tournament - Nigeria, Ghana and the Egyptians - will all take part in the 17th U-20 world finals, to be hosted in five cities in Egypt through September and October.
The competition, in which all five teams (Central American side Guatemala and African outsiders Kenya also took part) played in a round robin format, was a competitive affair. Egypt and Nigeria both played with their full-strength squads, even calling in their European-based players.
It was no surprise, then, when Egypt and Nigeria - the pre-tournament favourites - won their first three games with minimal fuss. They met on the final day of the competition in Cairo in what was effectively a final between the. The 1-1 draw was enough to see the hosts win the tournament thanks to their edge in the tie-breaker categories.
Although the overall performance of his side will please Egypt boss Miroslav Soukup, he will also need to swap his line-up before the finals. Al Ahly striker Ahmed Nabil Manga suffered a broken leg during the tournament and is sure to miss out on the showpiece world event this September and October.