Uganda Cranes chase history against Egypt
Uganda Cranes seek to keep hopes of a maiden FIFA World Cup appearance but must earn a decent result against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
The two sides face off in Alexandria on Tuesday five days after Moses Basena’s side clinched a 1-0 victory at Namboole to take over Group E leadership.
The visitors go into the game with high spirits and Basena believes the Thursday win offers them a big psychological advantage going into the return match.
“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.
Egypt Argentine Coach Hector Cuper remains adamant the Pharaohs will break the 28 year old jinx of not playing at the world’s biggest soccer piece.
“The qualifiers are not over yet, we still have nine points to fight for,” he said at the post-match press conference.Egypt will be without veteran goalie Essam El-Hadary after the injury he suffered at Namboole ruled him out.
His place is likely to be taken by El Shewnnay but the hosts also have defender Ali Gabri still ruled out.
He also missed the first game at Namboole due to injury.
Uganda Cranes have no injury qualms with striker Emmanuel Okwi and midfielder Farouk Miya declared fit after picking knocks in the first game.