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World Cup 2018 Qualifications: Uganda beat Egypt

By on September 1, 2017

Emmanuel Okwi scored early in the second half and gave Uganda a surprise 1-0 World Cup win over Egypt in Kampala on Thursday.

Uganda moved to seven points after three matches in Africa’s Group E standings at the halfway stage of the qualifiers for Russia while Egypt is second in the group with six points.

Uganda’s Tanzania-based forward Emmanuel Okwi scored the only goal of the game six minutes after half-time. Okwi took advantage of the Egyptian defence in the 51st minute.

From Uganda’s point of view, Thursday’s clash was a make-or-break tie of sorts. Lose, and the chances of eventual qualification for Russia are massively reduced.
The goal came soon after Egypt’s 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam Al Hadary had made the second of two close-range stops to deny the home country, who have never previously played at the World Cup finals.

But Egypt can regain top place in the standings if they beat Uganda in the reverse fixture in Alexandria on Tuesday.

It is a first win for Uganda over Egypt since 1965. The last time the two met competitively was at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year in Gabon with Egypt emerging as 1-0 winners.

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