UAE face Kermit threat
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The opening match in Group F pits the Asian champions against a South Africa side with the potential to cause an upset or two.

The game
United Arab Emirates-South Africa, Sunday 27 September, Alexandria, 18:45 (local time)

The stakes
In what is perhaps the most wide-open group in the tournament, this section opener could hold the key to the next round for two sides with plenty of ambition. The only continental champions in the section, UAE are slight favourites to come out on top, although the South Africans did more than enough during the CAF African Youth Championship to suggest that they will be doing more than making up the numbers in Egypt. Sunday's showdown also features a potentially fascinating duel between UAE marksman Ahmed Al Junaibi and Feyenoord prodigy Kermit Erasmus.

The stat
3 -
In their two previous appearances at the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals (Malaysia 1997 and UAE 2003) UAE finished third in their groups, advancing to the Round of 16 on both occasions as one of the best third-placed teams.

The words
"We have done everything we can to give our players the best possible preparation for the challenges ahead. We're aiming to go the furthest we can, to get through the group phase and to be worthy representatives of Asian football and of Emirati football in particular." UAE coach Mahdi Redha

"We have come to Egypt to prove ourselves and give it our all. We know it won't be easy but we're determined to succeed. It's a new experience for most of us and we want to learn and try to go as far as we possibly can." South Africa midfielder Mandla Masango