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Uganda Cranes coach satisfied with his team ahead of crucial World Cup qualifier against Egypt. Courtesy Photo.

Uganda Faces Egypt in Crucial World Cup Qualifier

We are not moved by their name. Yes, Egypt sounds bigger than us but the 90 minutes will determine results. We are prepared and not intimidated. - Moses Basena, Uganda Cranes interim coach.
posted onAugust 31, 2017
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By Kampala Post Reporter

The Egyptian national football delegation arrived in Uganda on Tuesday night and will today (4PM) face off with the Uganda Cranes in an all important World Cup qualifying tie at Namboole National Stadium.

The team of 25 players and a host of officials include star players like Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah. Salah comes to Uganda barely a week after helping his Liverpool side to thrash premier league giants Arsenal 4 goals to nothing. The team also has Arsenal midfielder Mohammed ElNeny who is well known by English Premier League fans in Uganda.

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Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah is in Egypt's team. Courtesy Photo.
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Uganda Cranes is to face Arsenal midfielder Mohammed ElNeny. Courtesy Photo.

Uganda Cranes interim coach Moses Basena knows the caliber of players his team faces but maintains that Egypt will not intimidate his team.

In a pre-match press conference at Namboole, Basena said that the team is prepared to pick a result against the Egyptians at Namboole Stadium today before the return leg in Alexandria next week.

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Uganda Cranes interim coach, Moses Basena. Courtesy Photo.

“We are not moved by their name. Yes, Egypt sounds bigger than us but the 90 minutes will determine results. We are prepared and not intimidated,” said Basena, adding that although the Egyptian team has star players, they will face the whole team and not individual players.

 “Of course Egypt has good players like Mohamed Salah who is quick, El-Neny who covers a lot of space, but we are facing Egypt national team, not individuals,” said Basena who replaced Coach Milutin Micho Sredojević.

The Cranes will hope that the experience of goal keeper Dennis Onyango, Geoffrey Sserunkuma and the prowess of play maker Farouk Miya will snatch a result from the Pharaohs.

Team News

UGANDA PROBABLE XI:

D. Onyango, N. Wadada, M. Jjuuko, B. Muwanga, G. Walusimbi, K. Aucho, G. Kizito, M. Mutyaba, D. Nsibambi, F. Miya, G. Sserunkuma

Substitutes: Robert Ondogkara, I. Watenga, B. Ochan, I. Muleme, T. Awany, P. Musamali, D. Guma, I. Isinde, K. Luwagga, I. Ntege, M. Waiswa, S. Kagimu, H. Wasswa, J. Ochaya, M. Karisa, E. Okwi,

Egypt squad:

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al-Taawoun, KSA), Sherif Ekramy (Ahly), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek)

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom, ENG), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, ENG), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Ahli, KSA), Karim Hafez (RC Lens, FRA), Omar Gaber (FC Basel)

Midfielders: Mohamed ElNeny (Arsenal, ENG), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, ENG), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic, ENG), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasımpaşa, TUR), Mostafa Fathi (Al Taawoun, KSA), Abdallah El-Said, Hossam Ashour, , Saleh Gomaa (Ahly), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed Fathi (Ismaily)

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, ENG), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, RSA), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Sporting Braga, POR), Hossam Hassan (Smouha)

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