Egypt handed Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic his second defeat at the helm of Uganda Cranes with a 3-0 loss in El Gouna stadium. Ahmed Hassan Koka, Mohammad Salah and Ibrahim Salah scored for the Pharaohs to hand Uganda their tenth loss against Egypt in all meetings.
Koka broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute following a defensive blunder in the Cranes rearguard assisted by Ahmed Hegazi. The Cranes had St. George goalie Robert Odongkara to thank for a respectable score line at half time after he made three crucial saves to deny the dominant Pharaohs.
Nevertheless, Cranes should have gotten on the score sheet but Emmanuel Okwi and defender Nicholas Wadada failed to convert when rare opportunities came their way.
After recess, Cranes Coach Micho Sredojevic made four immediate changes bringing on Denis Onyango, Richard Kasagga, Brian Majwega and Frank Kalanda for Odongkara, Andrew Mwesigwa, Martin Mutumba and Geoffrey Massa respectively.
The changes nearly paid dividends as Kalanda almost put Uganda level but wasted a glorious opportunity with an empty net left and Okwi also failed to find the back of the net when left with only goalie Mohammad Sobhi to beat.
Cranes dominance was short lived as FC Basel striker Mohammad Salah doubled the hosts’ lead in the 57th minute beating Onyango to the near post after a good pass from Amry Sulaya.
In search of restoring parity, Micho introduced attacking midfielder Joseph Mpande for Tony Mawejje and later Robert Ssentongo for Okwi but it was Bob Bradley’s charges that extended their lead through Ibrahim Salah to make it 3-0 which lasted till the final whistle.
The loss was only the second for Cranes under Micho after the defeat in his maiden game against Libya. Coincidentally, the Libya game was also a friendly that ended 3-0 in favour of the Libyans.
Uganda Cranes Squad: R. Odongkara (D. Onyango), N. Wadada, G. Walusimbi, I. Isinde, A. Mwesigwa (R. Kasagga), T. Mawejje (J. Mpande), D. Guma, H. Wasswa, M. Mutumba (B. Majwega), G. Massa (F. Kalanda) and E. Okwi (Robert Ssentongo).