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VIDEO: Zamalek-flavoured Egypt down Uganda Cranes again in warm-up
Egypt, who were once again without Al-Ahly and foreign-based internationals, defeated Uganda in a friendly for the second time this week with a 3-0 humbling at home thanks to goals from Ahmed Eid, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy and Ahmed Samir as the Pharaohs prepare for the crucial World Cup qualifying play-off in Ghana on 15 October.
Mohamed Sobhy (Ahmed El-Shennawy); Hazem Emam (Bassem Ali), Mahmoud Alaa (Omar Gaber), Ahmed Said ‘Okka’, Mohamed Abdel-Fattah, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Ahmed Samir); Amr El-Sulaya, Hosni Abd-Rabo, Ahmed Temsah (Ahmed Tawfik), Ahmed Hamoudi (Mohamed Ibrahim), Ahmed Eid
Benjamin Ochan; Mukisa Yusuf, Ayub Kisaliita, Richard Kasagga, Savio Kabugo, Simon Namwanja, Jonathan Mugabi, Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Mpande, Frank Kalanda, Brian Majwega
Zamalek’s Ahmed Eid, who opened the scoring for Egypt in their 2-0 win over Uganda on Monday, was once again on target against the Cranes today as he guided Hazem Emam’s cross past Ochan with a fine header in the 29th minute.
Moments later, Smouha’s Ahmed Hamoudi and Haras El-Hodood centre-back Mahmoud Alaa both went off with injuries and were replaced by Zamalek duo Omar Gaber and Mohamed Ibrahim respectively.
In the second half, 22-year-old Ahmed El-Shennawy, who impressed in the last friendly against Uganda, replaced Ismaily’s Mohamed Sobhy between the sticks while Ahmed Tawfik came on for Temsah a few minutes later.
Hosni Abd-Rabo picked out Hazem Emam from long range before the right wing-back turned provider once again for the second goal as he sent a low cross towards Zamalek team-mate Abdel-Shafy who smashed it home from close range.
Egypt U-20 starlet Ahmed Samir put the icing on the cake with a superb solo run down the left flank, skipping past a defender before scoring from a tight angle.
This is the fourth time the two sides meet during Bob Bradley’s reign, with the Pharaohs scoring a combined ten goals while only conceding one.
Al-Ahly’s eleven internationals are set to report back for national duty after the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-final at Cameroon’s Cotonsport on 6 October.
The first leg between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Pharaohs of Egypt will be played on Tuesday 15th October at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
The return leg against Ghana will be held among the presence of fans at Cairo’s Air Defense Stadium on November 19.