Egypt U20 – Match report vs Mozambique U20 (19/02/2023)

The first match of the AFCON u20 was between Egypt and Mozambique, what started as an attractive match ended in a scoreless draw. Much of the match was dominated by Egypt, who, like Mozambique, kicked off with a 3-4-3. The statistics also show Egypt’s dominance, 74% possession is a good example of it. Mozambique could be dangerous a few times on the counter but ultimately we did not get to see many big chances.


  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be a strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Bilal Mazhar

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: Egyptian
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 21/11/2003
  • Current club: Panathinaikos
  • Career: Mokawloon (Y), PAO (Y)
  • Position: Striker
  • Secondary position: Left Winger, Right Winger
  • Preferred foot: Right

The Egyptian man that you need to keep an eye on is Mazhar. The Youth League’s top scorer has been attracting international attention all season. Despite facing tight marking from the Mozambique defence, he was able to create space for himself and his teammates through his runs and positioning in the box.

One of Mazhar’s strengths is his ability to finish, but unfortunately, he did not have many clear-cut opportunities to score in this match. However, he showed good awareness and composure when in possession of the ball and linked up well with his midfielders.

In addition to his attacking contributions, Mazhar was also willing to work hard defensively when required. He tracked back and helped to defend when the team was not in possession, showing a good work ethic and a willingness to contribute to the team’s efforts.

While it was not a standout performance from Mazhar, he played an important role in the Egyptian team’s efforts to secure a point in their opening game of the tournament. With his movement, positioning, and work rate, he showed that he can be an asset for the team going forward in the competition.

Rating – B2

Mazhar is a typical modern striker, he shows a lot of drive and the necessary touch in the box. Now, he is at a good club at Panathinaikos. continuing to make strides. If he develops further, there seems no doubt he will make the step to a bigger European competition.

Rafaat Khalil

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: Egyptian
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 03/02/2004
  • Current club: El Ahly
  • Career: El Ahly (Y)
  • Position: Left Winger
  • Secondary position: Right Winger, Left-Back
  • Preferred foot: Left

Rafaat Khalil put in a solid performance for Egypt in their AFCON U20 match against Mozambique. Starting as a left winger, Khalil showed his technical ability and comfort on the ball, as he looked to create opportunities for his team.

Despite Egypt’s dominating possession, Khalil and his teammates struggled to break down a resolute Mozambique defense. However, Khalil’s strong running and intelligent movement caused problems for the opposition, as he looked to make penetrating runs behind the defense.

Defensively, Khalil did his part, although he was not tasked with too many defensive responsibilities. He was, however, able to use his height advantage to good effect, winning several aerial duels and helping out when necessary.

The winger is 1m81 tall, a fairly average height. His physique is quite lean, which can be seen in duels. He often has to give everything to win physical duels, something that helps is his drive. In aerial duels, his good jumping ability helps.

Rating – B2

Overall, it was a decent performance from Khalil, who was one of Egypt’s better players on the day. While he was unable to provide the decisive moment that his team needed, his work rate and energy were evident throughout the match. If he can improve his defensive work and add some more variety to his attacking play, he has the potential to be a real asset for his team in this tournament and beyond.


Karim El Debes

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: Egyptian
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 03/06/2003
  • Current club: El Ahly
  • Career: Wadi Degla (Y), El Ahly (Y)
  • Position: Right-Winger
  • Secondary position: Left-Back, Left-Winger
  • Preferred foot: Left

Karim El Debes had a solid performance playing as a right-winger for the Egyptian team. Despite the 0-0 draw, El Debes showed his qualities both offensively and defensively.

In the attacking phase, he made numerous overlapping runs, providing width to the Egyptian attack and stretching the Mozambique defense. He also displayed good first touches and passing, as he looked to create opportunities for his teammates. Although his crosses weren’t always accurate, he constantly looked to pick out his teammates in the box.

Defensively, El Debes was equally impressive, tracking back consistently and covering for his fullback when necessary. He put in a solid shift and was a constant threat to Mozambique on the counter-attack, using his pace and quick thinking to disrupt their attacks and regain possession.

While there were a few moments where El Debes could have made better decisions, such as overcomplicating his dribbling, he remained focused and committed to the team’s tactics throughout the match. Overall, it was a strong performance from the young winger, and he will be looking to build on this performance in Egypt’s upcoming matches.

It is worth noting that despite his height disadvantage, El Debes showed great determination and leadership on the field, often seen directing his teammates and urging them on.

Rating – B1 

El Debes is currently playing with El Ahly’s U21 side and he seems ready for opportunities with the first team. He is not yet strong enough for a European competition, but opportunities with El Ahley’s first team look increasingly likely.


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