All Eyes on Alexandria for Egypt’s World Cup Dream
Egypt’s national team flew back to Alexandria in the early hours of Friday to prepare for another duel with Uganda after they suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat by the Cranes in Kampala on Thursday.
Emmanuel Okwi capped a spirited Uganda display with a second-half goal after some sloppy defending to help his side move top of Group E with seven points, one ahead of Egypt.
The result left the Pharaohs in desperate need of a win over Uganda at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium on Tuesday to reclaim top spot and boost their chances of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
Ghana offers Egypt an early gift:
Ghana’s hopes of reaching a fourth straight World Cup seems fading away after being held at home to a 1-1 draw by Congo on Friday.
Almeria forward Thievy Bifouma opened the scoring in the 18th minute while Thomas Partey scored a late equalizer for the Black Stars in the 86th minute.
The 2006 World Cup quarter finalists have now gone three games in the qualifiers without a win as they were held twice at home by Uganda and Congo and losing to Egypt in Alexandria.
They are now third of the group with 2 points behind leaders Uganda (7 points) and Egypt (6 points).
Egypt are in a must win situation to regain the top spot in the Group E.