Ivory Coast & Egypt target Africa's 3rd Olympic gold medal


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2020 Summer Olympic Games 

Football Tournament

Quarter-Final

Saturday, 31 July 2021
 
Ivory Coast and Egypt will be hoping to continue their dream of winning Africa's third Olympic gold medal in the Football Tournament when they take part in the quarter-finals.
 
Cameroon and Nigeria remain the only African nations to have won gold in the competition having clinched it in 2000 and 1996 respectively. 
 
Ivory Coast are scheduled to battle it out with a much-fancied Spain side in their last-eight encounter at the Miyagi Stadium. 
 
The Young Elephants are only making their second appearance in the Olympics having reached the quarter-finals in their debut appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
 
Ivory Coast were beaten 2-0 by their African rivals Nigeria in the last eight encounter and the Young Elephants are now determined to reach the semi-finals for the first time. 
 
Soualiho Haidara, the Ivory Coast U23 coach, says they came into the Tokyo Olympics well-prepared and he was pleased to see his side hold defending champions Brazil to a 0-0 draw.

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“Coming to these Olympics, we expected epic matches," Haidara said.
 
"Especially when you come across the defending champion [Brazil] with all their ambitions, it was not easy. We know the conditions under since we got here."
 
Meanwhile, Egypt are scheduled to take on Brazil in their quarter-final encounter at the Saitama Stadium as they look to cause an upset.
 
This is the Young Pharaohs' 12th appearance in the Olympics and their best performance in the competition came at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
 
They stunned the whole world when they reached the semi-finals of the global tournament and they were known as the United Arab Republic at the time. 
 
However, the Young Pharaohs were hammered 6-0 by eventual champions Hungary in a one-sided semi-final match. 
 
Egypt went on to finish fourth after being thrashed 3-1 by Germany in a third-place playoff encounter and they are now keen to clinch their maiden Olympic medal this year.
 

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Published: 07/30/2021