Ghana's hopes of a good start at 2013 African U-20 Championship suffered a hit as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Egypt on Saturday.
Sellas Tetteh's, bottom of the Group A table after the first round of matches now need to improve in their subsequent matches against Benin and the hosts, Algeria.
The Black Satellites chased the game after the Young Pharaohs took the lead in second half through Hamad Mahmoud in the 66th minute when he flicked in a freekick.
Ebenezer Assifuah's equalizer six minutes after the opener, restored parity. The youngster, one of Ghana's attacking threats volleyed in from close range with his left after his first attempt was blocked in the box.
Ghana pressed for the winner but with four minutes remaining, goalkeeper Eric Ofori Antwi fouled an Egyptian player in the box and the Pharoahs were awarded a penalty.
From the spot, Saleh Gomaa netted to put his side in front again and that sealed the win the for Egypt.
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