2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Uganda Cranes edge Egypt to take control of Group E


  • Uganda 1-0 Egypt

Uganda Cranes line up against Egypt

Emmanuel Okwi’s sublime finish proved to be the difference between Uganda Cranes and Egypt in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Nelson Mandela Stadium, Namboole.

The Simba forward struck just six minutes into the second half to send the fans in the Namboole terraces into frenzy.

Uganda Cranes showed balance between defending and attacking through out the game and in the end assumed control of Group E with 7 points, one better than their opponents who they face next Tuesday in Alexandria.

Okwi one of the three forwards employed by Moses Basena and company had forced a couple of saves from Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary in the first half.

The former SC Villa man broke on the right and shot from an acute angle but El-Hadary tipped the effort over the bar.

Godfrey Walusimbi

Moments later, Ochaya whipped in a cross and Okwi – unmarked at the far post – shot in the middle of the goal and the legendary Egyptian keeper was again up to the task.

Derrick Nsibambi had a header tipped over the bar as halftime approached.

The visitors also had their own chances with Liverpool man Mohamed Salah playing his way into the game on the right and Mohmoud Saliman giving Murushid Jjuuko no breathing time.

Basena introduced William Luwagga for injured Farouk Miya, Geoffrey Sserunkuma for goal hero Okwi and Muleme later on replaced Joseph Ochaya.

Uganda Cranes XI: 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

Subs: Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan (GK) Muwanga Bernard, Ntege Ivan ,Mutyaba Muzamiru , Luwagga William Kizito, Milton Karisa, Isaac Muleme, Geoffrey Serunkuma, Shafic Kagimu, Tom Masiko, Denis Iguma