Egypt edge Uganda Cranes to reclaim Group E leadership


  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
  • Egypt 1-0 Uganda

Action between Uganda Cranes against Egypt

Egypt has narrowly beaten Uganda Cranes 1-0 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers game at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the night in sixth minute of the game.

Egypt started putting pressure right from kick-off, Cranes’ panic button was turned on and the number 10 took advantage to put the hosts in front on the rebound after Onyango keeping out his first effort.

Captain Onyango was key to keeping the the score at 1-0 as he made great saves including keeping out Bekhit Abdallah’s free header.

Uganda’s starting forwards Derrick Nsibambi and Emmanuel Okwi barely saw the ball in the opponents third as the Egyptians forced them to turn defensive.

Right back Nico Wakiro Wadada had a poor outing and was twice caught in possession in the opening half with the first led into the opening goal.

Farouk Miya was an injury concern for Basena and team as he was twice clipped and appeared to be in pain. However, the Standard Liege forward played out the entire game.

Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango after being beaten by Mohamed Salah

William Luwagga Kizito was introduced at the onset of the second half for Joseph Ochaya and later on Emmanuel Okwi who had a quiet game paved way for Geoffrey Sserunkuma.

Uganda’s only real chance at goal fell to Nsibambi. Miya started a short corner to Walusimbi but the left back’s deep cross was too strong for Nsibambi.

Salah could have made it 2-0 for the hosts but Onyango was up to the task to push his effort out for a corner.

The win took Egypt to top of Group E with 9 points, while Uganda dropped to second place with 7 points after four rounds.

Uganda Cranes XI: Denis Onyango (GK), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Geoffrey Sserunkuma), Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi (Milton Karisa),  Joseph Benson Ochaya (William Luwagga)

Unused Substitutes: Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan (GK) Muwanga Bernard, Ntege Ivan, Mutyaba Muzamiru, Isaac Muleme