August 14, 2013

Egypt thumps Uganda Cranes

Egypt celebrates scoring against Uganda
Egypt celebrates scoring against Uganda

A storming attacking display as early as the 3th minute of the first half handed the Egyptians a convincing 3-0 win over an overwhelmed Uganda Cranes team in an international friendly match in the beautiful City of El Gouna.

The Egyptians who will play in the next round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers after leading their group effortlessly took a one-goal lead into the half-time interval after aging midfielder Ahmed Hassan scored with Ugandan players disputing the goal though just eight minutes to the half hour.

Despite missing major stars of Ahly and Zamalek teams who travelled for club engagements in DR Congo and South Africa respectively, the hosts went on to do more damage with two more goals in the final 22 minutes.

Egypt’s top scorer in the World Cup qualifiers Mohamed Salah doubled the Pharoah’s lead in the 58th minute beating substitute goalkeeper Denis Onyango  with a low drive.

Former Zamalek Ibrahim Salah who in July joined newly-promoted Saudi league side Al Orouba on a free transfer produced the masterpiece of the night with the Egypt’s third goal on 83 minutes.

Uganda had proved formidable defensively until Hassan’s opportunistic opener, but the rest of their performance will leave Milutin Sredojevic worried 23 days ahead of his side’s final do-or-die encounter against Senegal in Marrakesh, Morocco on September 7 needing nothing less than victory to progress to the final round of the 2014 qualifiers.

Emma Okwi in action for the Uganda Cranes
Emma Okwi in action for the Uganda Cranes

Uganda Squad

Goal keepers: Robert Odongkara (St. George, Ethiopia) and Denis Onyango (Bidvest Wits, South Africa)

Defenders: Nicholas Wadada (Vipers SC), Denis Iguma (SC Victoria University), Godfrey Walusimbi (CS Don Bosco, DRC), Andrew Mwesigwa (FC Ordabasy, Kazakhstan), Isaac Isinde (St. George, Ethiopia), Henry Kalungi (Richmond Kickers, US), Savio Kabugo (SC Victoria University) and Richard Kasagga (Kiira Young FC)

Midfielders: Hassan Wasswa (KCCA FC), Tonny Mawejje (IBV, Iceland), Martin Mutumba Kayongo (AIK, Sweden), Joseph Mpande (Vipers SC) and Brian Majwega (KCC FC)

Strikers: Robert Ssentongo (St. George, Ethiopia), Emmanuel Okwi (Etoile Du Sahel, Tunisia), Geoffrey Massa (Yenicam, Northern Cyprus) and Frank Kalanda (URA FC)

EGYPT SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Mohamed Sobhy (Ismaily) and Mosaad Awad (Ahly)

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Ahly), Mahmoud Fathallah (Zamalek), Ahmed Samir (Dakhlya), Adam El-Abd (Brighton, England), Ahmed Sobhi(ENPPI), Ahmed Samir Farag (Lierse, Belgium) and Ahmed Hegazy (Fiorentina, Italy)

Midfielders: Hossam Ashour (Ahly), Amr Soulaya (Ismaily), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Ahmed Hamoudy (Smouha), Mohamed El-Nenny (Basel FC, Switzerland), Ahmed Rifaat (Enppi)

Strikers: Mohamed Salah (Basel FC, Switzerland) and Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Rio Ave, Portugal), Ahmed Temsah (Al-Dhofar, Oman)

Egypt linesup against Uganda on Wednesday in El Gouna Stadium
Egypt linesup against Uganda on Wednesday in El Gouna Stadium
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