The Red Foxes as the Ethiopians are fondly referred managed a 3-1 win over the heavily fancied Egyptians a fortnight ago, in one of the shocking results of the round, and one that coach Atanfu Alemu is banking on to realise a dream of a place at the final lap.
On his part, Egypt coach Yasser Mohammedin is upbeat the Young Pharaohs can overturn the result and bounce back into contention.
“We have prepared the best possible way after the first leg defeat. We had a residential camp in Cairo where we had great training sessions. Hopefully, we will get a better result,” stated Mohammedin.
“In the first leg, we missed about six clear goal scoring chances, and could have gone up 3-0 in first five minutes. We have to be more efficient in attack” he added.
Since placing fourth at the 1997 edition in Botswana, the Red Foxes are yet to make an appearance at the eight-team finals of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.