Hosts Egypt beat Ghana 3-2 today at the CAF Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations ©CAF/Twitter

Hosts Egypt claimed a dramatic comeback win against Ghana to become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the Confederation of African Football Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo

Ahmed Rayan's brilliant header in the 88th minute secured a 3-2 victory for the Pharaohs in the Group A match at Cairo International Stadium.

It was only six minutes earlier that man-of-the-match Ramadan Sobhi had brought Egypt level, cancelling out Samuel Obeng's goal just after half-time.

Ghana opened the scoring in the sixth minute through Yaw Yeboah before Mostafa Mohamed's second goal of the tournament, a well-placed header, evened things up.

Egypt's victory comes on the back of their 1-0 win over Mali on Friday (November 8) and moves them onto six points.

They are followed in the Group A standings by Cameroon, who themselves beat Mali 1-0 today.

Franck Evina scored the winner in the 76th minute, marking his second goal in as many games.

The midfielder also opened the scoring in his team's 1-1 draw with Ghana on Friday.

"It’s an amazing feeling to score the winner," Evina said.

"I hope to continue on that because our target is to reach the Olympics. 

"I thank my team-mates for their help and performance."

Mali are the first side to suffer elimination from the competition.

Three spots in the men's event at next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo are up for grabs at the tournament.

The finalists and the winner of the third-place play-off will qualify for Tokyo 2020.