Egypt v Uganda
Date: 14 August 2013
Venue: El Gouna Stadium, Egypt
Kick-off: 5.30pm (EAT)
Egypt v Uganda – previous meetings
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Six-time African champions Egypt faces Uganda Cranes in an international friendly this Wednesday at the El Gouna Stadium, Egypt.
The Pharaohs arrived in El Gouna last night and their coach Bob Bradley told reporters that they are treating the game very seriously because they are aware Uganda is a good side.
“I watched the recording of their 2014 World Cup qualifier against Angola and I know what to expect,” said Bradley in an interview.
In their last meeting last year in Khartoum, Sudan, the Egyptian team needed a late goal to beat Uganda 2-1.
Although the home side will play without the major stars of Ahly and Zamalek teams, in-form Mohamed Salah, who maintained his blistering goal-scoring run to give Egypt a 1-0 victory at Mozambique in June, will be part of the team.
The Basel winger, whose hat-trick inspired Egypt to a 4-2 win in Zimbabwe in one of the group qualifying games, has now scored 14 goals in 22 international appearances.
In the absence of veteran attacking midfielder Mohamed Abou-Treika, the likes of Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Ahmed Hamoudy (Smouha) and Mohamed El-Nenny (Basel FC, Switzerland) are expected to get their chance to prove a point.
However, Uganda, who climbed three places better to 77th place in the latest FIFA world ranking last week, have vowed to play their hearts out for a good result.
“We are here for serious business and will show that on the field,” said Etoile Du Sahel striker Emmanuel Okwi.
Okwi is expected to play alongside Geofrey Massa, who plies his trade with Yenicam FC in Northern Cyprus, while Iceland-based Tonny Mawejje and AIK’s Martin Mutumba will hold the midfield.
Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic also said that although they respect Egypt as a big football playing nation, they will give a good account on the pitch.
“My team is very ready for the game and we are taking it seriously because it’s a build-up ahead of an important 2014 World Cup game against Senegal next month,” added the coach.
Coach Micho Sredojevic’s side face Senegal in Marrakesh, Morocco on September 7 needing nothing less than victory to progress to the final round of the 2014 qualifiers.
With six substitutions agreed on for this game, at least all but one or two players won’t have a run in.
Uganda’s biggest loss ever came at the hands of Egypt in a 6-0 defeat on July 30, 1995 in Alexandria. Only Tunisia in 1999 has ever replicated that score line against Uganda.
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)
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)