WHAT I THINK ABOUT UGANDA CRANES FUTURE IN THE WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Uganda Cranes beat African giants Egypt a goal to nil on Thursday evening, courtesy of 30 year old Simba SC Striker Emmanuel Okwi goal.

The Cranes now has seven points in three matches which was collected in the draw with Ghana, a win against Congo Brazzaville and now Egypt.

This got me into thinking, does this mean the cranes have a future and hope in world cup qualifiers? Given the fact that Ghana has only a point and Congo Brazzaville has zero.

Well anything is possible in football no wonder Uganda stunned the Pharaoh for the first time since 1965.

If Uganda can draw in Egypt then they have higher chances but the moment they lose, then expect a difficult situation for them.

Uganda Cranes started XI during the encounter with Egypt in the 2018 WC qualifiers

Ruling out victory for Uganda wouldn’t make sense because Egypt’s recent record both at home and away in AFCON and World Cup qualifiers is appalling.

Records shows that Egypt lost to Libya in June at home, lost to Tunisia the same months Away, played a one all draw with Morocco at home in August, and Lost to the same side by three goals to nil away the same month and before the month closed Uganda beats them.

Initially with Egypt’s record and history in Africa not forgetting the fact that for 52 years Uganda never got any victory against Egypt, the mountain became impossible to even think of climbing because in the 18 times the two sides had met, Uganda only managed to get a win in the international friendly played in 1965 in which they beat Egypt 5–1.

Egypt Starting XI against Uganda

During the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, Uganda lost to the same opponent at the 89th minute when Mo Salah created a chance for Abdallah El Said who scored the hard to forget goal in the memory of each Ugandan but the cranes learnt actually Egypt was manageable.

No wonder at Namboole, no sooner had the game started than witnesses could see the Ugandan players exhibit high level of maturity, experience, confidence and superiority.

Captains Onyango and El Hadary during tossing of the coin

That been said, I think their level of confidence has increased the more, and if only they don’t give in complacency, on Tuesday in Alexandria stadium, Egypt could be stunned again.

Photo Credit: FUFA Archives

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