Pharaohs down Cranes
Ahmed Eid of Egypt Six -time African kings Egypt beat Cranes 2-0 in a friendly on Monday night played at the Air Force Stadium in Cairo.
Egypt was using the game as a rehearsal ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifier play-off, first leg match away to Ghana on October 15.
Ahmed Eid scored early in the first half after a defensive lapse, before Hazem Emam added the second against the run of play in the 66th minute.
Frank Kalanda should have pulled one back for the regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup champions but blasted his shot wide on 77 minute with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic later brought on the fresh legs of Simon Namwanja and Feni Moses Ali but to no avail as the hosts stood firm.
The friendly was the two sides’ second clash since August 14 this year when Egypt humbled the Cranes 3-0 in another international friendly also played in El Gouna.
“My young side played a good game but lost concentration in defense which resulted into goals. But am happy that they have got the exposure,” said Micho.
Meanwhile, the Cranes are set to play Iraq in another friendly on October 2 at the Amman Stadium in Jordan.