Uganda Cranes thump Egypt Pharaohs in World Cup Qualifier


Uganda Cranes have beaten Egypt 1 – 0 in the world cup qualifier at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.

The Cranes did not just win, they beat Africa’s highest ranking team.

Uganda Cranes has continued to brighten its chances of joining the 2018 FIFA World Cup after defeating the Pharaohs of Egypt with one goal ahead.

Uganda’s victory was cemented by Emma Okwi in the 50’s minute which has left a smile on the face of all Ugandans.

This has put Uganda in the leading position of group D of the World Cup qualifiers a head of Egypt, Ghana and Congo Brazzaville.

Many Ugandans have since praised Okwi for the excellent goal that he scored after dribbling through Egypt defence.

They have as well appreciated the skipper, Denis Masinde Onyango for the wonderful saves allowing no chance to Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny to see Uganda’s net.

Speaking after the game, Uganda Cranes coach Moses Basena said: “We encountered many difficult situations but we closed a technically gifted side.”

“Many of them doubted us, but winning Egypt and topping the group is a good feeling,” he added.

Egypt coach, Hector Cuper said: “It was a very difficult and complicated match but the field was not good, we threw away many scoring chances but we still have 9 points to play for.”

Uganda will now face Egypt in Alexandria next week on 5th as the return leg.

Uganda Cranes team included: Denis Onyango (GK), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi,  Joseph Benson Ochaya.

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