- Tuesday September 5, 2017
- Egypt Vs Uganda – Alexandria 8:45pm (EAT)
Uganda Cranes dream of playing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia comes under scrutiny when they take on Egypt in Alexandria on Tuesday.
The East African giants go into the game full on confidence and top of group E with seven points after three games, one better than their day’s opponents.
The Cranes edged the Pharaohs on Thursday last week at Namboole thanks to Emmanuel Okwi lone goal and Moses Basena feels the win will offer a mental edge over their opponents.
“The win on Thursday is a big advantage mentally for the boys and the entire team,” he said. “It makes us believe we can qualify for the finals and so we shall keep the fight,” he added.
For Derrick Nsibambi, the urge to make history drives him on and hopes it will be a catalyst in the performance that will bring positive results on Tuesday in Alexandria.
“To many of us, we are having our first breakthrough on the national team and to qualify for the World Cup will be great history.”
There are no injury worries in the Cranes camp with Okwi and Farouk Miya who got knocks in the first leg all declared fit.
But the Egyptians miss goalie Essam El-Hadary through injury as well as centre back Ali Gabri. Nevertheless, Hector Cuper remains confident of earning enough points to help topple Uganda from the summit and qualify for the finals in Russia for the first time since 1990.
Uganda Cranes Probable XI: Denis Onyango (GK) (C), Nicholas Wadada, Murushid Jjuuko, Isaac Isinde, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi, Joseph Ochaya and Derrick Nsibambi.