Afcon 2017: Uganda, Egypt Search for First Win

Record seven time  champions, sildenafil Egypt return to action in the 2017 Afcon on Saturday against Uganda. Both sides failed to prosper in their openers, cheap four days ago.

Uganda lost to Ghana 1-0 through Andre Ayew’s half time spot. Cranes defender Isaac Isinde was largely blamed for complacency that led to the penalty.

Egypt, case who are returning to the arena after missing the last three editions, were pegged by Mali to an uninspiring goalless draw.

Team news

Isaac Isinde is highly likely to miss the encounter due to performance. Murshid Jjuko returns to the team after serving his one match suspension. Khalid Aucho will also be available.

Striker Muhammad Shaban and Dennis Onyango will await a late fitness test to determine their availability. Shaban injured his calf.

Legendary keeper Essam El-Hadary is expected to continue in goal after coming on bench to replace Zamalek goalie Ahmed El-Shenawy against Mali. Third goalie Sherif Ekramy is also racing to recover from an injury.

Head to head

Uganda enter the game with an inferior head to head. The Cranes have won only one of the seventeen meetings since 1962, with only three draws. The win came in April 1965 during an international friendly.

Egypt are unbeaten in their last 30 Afcon games and hold the tournament’s longest run.

Players to watch

Uganda (Shaban Muhammad, Farouk Miya & Oloya)

The Onduparaka youngster changed the attacking spirit despite his late introduction. The attacking trio is capable of unlocking any defense and their pace is added advantage in case Micho employs a defensive structure.

Egypt (El Neny, Salah and Sobhi)

The Egyptian squad is full of experience and exciting young talent who play in Europe and their highly rated local league. The above trio are all key figures in their European clubs with enviable speed and ability on the ball.

“Come tomorrow anyone who has done his homework well will win the game,” Cranes defender Hassan Waswa said during the prematch press conference. “We have done ours and let us wait for the match against Egypt.”

How will the Cranes lineup?

First choice goalie Onyango will start as long as he is fit. Ochaya is expected to continue on the left back as Waswa and Jjuko partner in central defense. Vipers captain Wadada is likely to return in the right back as Iguma moves to an advanced role to partner Khalid to shield the back four. Mawejje to continue in the central midfield, Miya and Oloya to go wide and Shaban as the target man.

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