Preview of the game between Uganda and Egypt in Kampala

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Preview of the game between Uganda and Egypt in Kampala

Uganda came into this tournament as the rank outsiders in this group having not qualified for the African Cup of Nations since 1978, when they reached the final. They gave a pretty good account of themselves in their opening game, only losing 1-0 to Ghana but they are now in a position where they must get a result here to stay in the competition.

That won’t be easy against an Egyptian side that are one of the undisputed powerhouses of African football. Hector Cuper’s side reached Gabon by finishing 5 points clear of Nigeria in their Qualifying Group and they’ve also made a really good start to World Cup qualifying with 2 wins from 2 so far to put them on course for Russia.

Confidence, therefore, should be pretty high in the Pharaohs camp and they should find this Uganda side a touch easier to break down than Mali, who held them to a 0-0 draw on match-day one. Egypt are still a bit short on cutting edge which could be a problem later in the tournament but defensively you’d back them to keep Uganda quiet.

They may have to again call upon 44 year old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who became the oldest player in the tournament’s history last time out when he came off the bench to replace the injured Ahmed El Shenawy. However, the veteran should have precious little to do behind an Egypt defence that has kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 16 internationals.

This Uganda side has failed to score in 10 of their last 14 internationals and most of those games have been against sides inferior to Egypt.


The sides haven’t met since 3 friendlies between the teams in late 2013. Egypt won the lot by 2-0 or 3-0 margins.


9 of Egypt’s last 10 international wins have been to nil. All of Uganda’s last 14 international defeats have been to nil.


Egypt’s main problems are in goal. Injuries to Ahmed El Shenawy and Sherif Ekramy mean 44 year old Essam El Hadary is their only fit goalkeeper and is likely to start here. Otherwise few changes are likely.


Murushid Juuko returns from suspension and could come into the defence. Isaac Isinde is the man most likely to drop out after a mistake in the last match. Khalid Aucho is available again and is certain to come in.