Uganda Cranes will now face either Senegal or Kenya in the last 16 of this maiden 24-team Nations Cup tournament after finishing second in group A behind hosts Egypt,.The other teams in the group were DRC who came third and Zimbabwe at the bottom of the table.
The Cranes lost to Egypt whose 2 goals were scored by Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah and Ahmed Elmohamady a game played at Cairo International Stadium.
Uganda's last 16 automatic slot was confirmed by DRC beating Zimbabwe by the same scoreline at 30 June Stadium, leaving Egypt top of Group A with nine points and Cranes second on four.
After 41 years
This is the first time to make the AFCON group stages for the first time in 41 years.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) out-muscled Zimbabwe 4-0 at the 30th June Stadium in Cairo.
Jonathan Bolingi, a brace from Cedric Bakambu (including a penalty) and Britt Assombalonga’s last nail thumped Zimbabwe on the night.
DRC will now wait the mathematics for the four countries that will qualify as third best.
Egypt’s skipper El Mohamady was once again named man of the match.
Group A standings
Team P W D L GF GA Pts
Egypt (H) 3 3 0 0 5 0 9
Uganda 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
DR Congo 3 1 0 2 4 4 3
Zimbabwe 3 0 1 2 1 4 1
Group A results
Uganda 2-0 DRC
Egypt 1-0 Zimbabwe
Uganda 1-1 Zimbabwe
Egypt 2-0 DRC
DRC 4-0 Zimbabwe
Egypt 2-0 Uganda
Group A road ahead
July 5, Cairo International Stadium
Uganda vs Runner-up Group C (Senegal or Kenya)
July 7 – Alexandria
Winner Group B vs 3rd Group A/C/D
July 7 – Cairo, 30 June Stadium
Algeria vs 3rd Group A/B/F
July 6 – Cairo (International)
Egypt vs 3rd Group C/D/E
Uganda Cranes XI:
Denis Onyango, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Denis Awany, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Mike Azira, Khalid Aucho, Abdu Lumala, Faruku Miya,Emmanuel Arnold Okwi. Allan Kyambadde.
Robert Odongkara (G.K), Salim Omar Magoola (G.K), Joseph Benson Ochaya, Bevis Kristofer Kizito Mugabi, Tado Lwanga, William Luwaga Kizito, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Paul Derrick Nsibambi, Allan Kateregga, Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu, Isaac Muleme
Injured: Murushid Juuko
Mohamed Elshenawy Elsayed (G.K), Ahmed Elmohamady Abdelfattah Aly Eissa, Alyman Ashraf Elsyad, Baher Mohamed Moursi, Ahmed Elsayed Elsayed Ali Elsayed Hegazy, Mohamed Elneny, Nabil Amad Aly, Abdallah Mahmoud Said Mohamed Bekhit, Mohemed Salah Mahrous Ghaly, Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan, Ahmed Hassan Mohamed Abdelmonem Mohamed Mahgoub
Ahmed Nasser Mahmoud Maowad Elshenawi (G.K), Omar Gaber, Aly Mohamed, Hamed Tarek, Marwan Mohsen Fahmy Tharwat, Said Walid Ebeid, Ahmed Ayman Mohamed Mansour, Ahmed Gharib, Mahmoud Hamdy Mohamed Attia, Mahmoud Alaaeldin Mahmoud Ibrahim
Absent: Amr Medhat Mohsen Warda, Mahmoud Abdelrehim Abdelrehim (G.K)
Head Coach: Javier Onaindia Aguirre
Center Referee: Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Guy Noupue Nguegoue (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 2: Seydou Tiama (Burkina Faso)
Fourth Official: Helder Martins Rodrigues De Carvalho (Angola)
Commissioner: Mohamed Sobha (Mauritania)
Commissioner General: Khaled Lemkecher (Tunisia)