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Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations: What to expect from the three Olympic qualifiers

Africa's representatives for the men's football competition at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan were decided this weekend, with the conclusion of the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations, which provides the three qualifiers for the tournament.

Egypt clinched the title -- their first success in the tournament -- by defeating Ivory Coast in extra-time in the final at Cairo International Stadium, with South Africa to join the pair in Japan after defeating Ghana on penalties in the third-place playoff.


Salah-less Egypt held to draw by minnows Comoros in AFCON qualifying

Egypt were held to a scoreless draw by tiny Comoros Islands.

Egypt, without injured striker Mohamed Salah, lacked a cutting edge in front of goal as they were held to a 0-0 draw by tiny Comoros Islands in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Monday.

Midfielder Kahraba struck the crossbar early on and forward Trezeguet missed a one-on-one chance in the second period, but Egypt also had goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy to thank for important saves.

The result follows a 1-1 home draw with Kenya in their Group G opener on Thursday and was wildly celebrated...

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah out of Egypt games, in protective boot

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Egypt's Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been ruled out of their African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros with an ankle injury.

Egypt released a statement on their official Twitter account on Tuesday confirming Salah will miss the games, along with a picture of the striker with a protective boot on his left ankle.

Sources had told ESPN FC that Liverpool were concerned over their star's injury after he another knock to it in the 3-1 victory over Manchester City on...

Africans Abroad: Salah and Mane star for Reds, Mothiba finds the net

Lebo Mothiba ended his five-and-a-half-month wait for a goal by scoring twice in Strasbourg's Ligue 1 victory over Nimes last weekend, while both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane starred as Liverpool defeated Manchester City in a potentially decisive clash at the top of the English Premier League.

South Africa's Mothiba hadn't scored since May when he took to the field at La Meinau on Saturday, enduring a goalless stint with South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations before a sluggish start to the season...

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah avoids serious injury after Hamza Choudhury tackle

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Mohamed Salah suffered a twisted ankle in Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday, with scans revealing no further damage to the forward.

The Egypt international limped off on 89 minutes at Anfield after a wild challenge from behind by Hamza Choudhury, which Jurgen Klopp labelled "dangerous as hell."

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Assessments were carried out at Melwood on Sunday and to Liverpool's relief, no major concerns...