Despite their gallant display, The Cranes of Uganda lost their fourth Group E, 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match 1-0 to Egypt on Tuesday at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.
The result sees coach Moses Basena’s charges drop to the second position in the group with seven points.
However for the hosts, an early goal from Mohamed Salah was enough for the Pharaohs to secure full three points as they returned to winning ways and the top of Group E.
With both sides chasing an early goal, it was the hosts who were quick as Salah netted from a rebound in the sixth minute after goalkeeper Denis Onyango initially denied him from close range, 1-0.
In the 19th minute, the Ugandan Cranes started to come out of the blocks and nearly caught their hosts napping when a good cross from the right found Derrick Nsibambi, but his header went over Essam El-Hadary’s cross bar from close range.
With three minutes to the half-hour mark, Onyango showed his class when he denied Gamal from a powerful header in the box and later blocked Raadan Sobhi’s second attempt after a great delivery from Ahmed Fathi.
After 45 minutes when the referee blew his whistle, it was 1-0 in favour of Hector Cuper’s men.
Both sides were stable in defense after their return from the tunnel, but Salah tried a long range effort in the 58th minute which failed to hit the target.
The Cranes fought hard to grab an equalizer and almost grabbed one, but Nsibambi’s effort from a header lacked power and was saved by El-Hadary in the 83rd minute.
In the dying stages of the game, it was Onyango who denied the hosts the second goal from a number of attempts.
The win for the Pharoahs allows them to return to the top log in Group E with nine points from four matches.
Egypt: (1) 1 (Salah 6′)
Egypt: El-Hadary, Fathi, Hegazi, Rabia, Abdel-Shaf, Hamed, Elneny, El-Said (Gomaa 88′), Sobhi (Trezeguet 70′), Salah, Gamal (Mahgoub 76′)
Uganda: Onyango, Wadada, Walusimbi, Isinde, Juuko, Mawanda, Aucho, Okwi (Sserunkuma 68′), Miya, Derrick Nsibambi (Karissa 89′), Ochaya (Kizito 46′)
Egypt will host the Red Devils of Congo and Uganda welcome Ghana in Kampala in October.
Credit : MTNFootball