Olympics: Ivory Coast, Egypt and South Africa in the starting blocks

On Thursday, the three African representatives will take to the track at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Egypt , deprived of Mohamed Salah , retained by Liverpool, will be the first to start against Spain. The mission promises to be complicated for Ramadan Sobhi and his gang against a Rojita who will leave clearly favorite with elements like Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos and six players present at the Euro (Unai Simon, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres, Pedri, Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal)!

In the process, Côte d’Ivoire must succeed in its entry into the running against the most affordable team in its group, Saudi Arabia. With headliners like Eric Bailly, Franck Kessié, Max-Alain Gradel and Amad Diallo, Soualiho Haidara’s foals can leave with hope before rubbing shoulders with Brazil and then Germany.

South Africa will be the last to launch against host Japan. While their preparation was greatly disrupted by the positive tests of two players and the identification of 21 contact cases, mainly players, within their delegation, the South Africans will present themselves in a lack of rhythm and benchmarks and they It would take a miracle to get out of this first date unscathed.

Thursday’s program (French time, i.e. GMT + 2):

9:30 a.m., Spain-Egypt

10:30 am, Ivory Coast-Saudi Arabia

1 p.m., Japan-South Africa