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VIDEO: Egypt thrash Uganda to put one foot in CAF U-23 Championship

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Posted on July 18, 2015

Egypt U23

Egypt’s Olympic team dominated opponents Uganda as they scored four superb goals and kept a clean sheet in the first leg of the CAF U-23 Championship qualifications.

Under the guidance of Hossam El-Badry, Egypt’s U-23 team managed to dominate Uganda 4-0 at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

El-Badry used a 4-2-3-1 formation, deploying Kahraba at the position he executes best, false 9.

Line-ups:

Uganda XI: Jamal Salim; Deus Bukenya, Brian Ochwo, Richard Kasagga, Shafiki Bakaki, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Tadeo Lwanga, Keziron Kizito, Farouk Miya (C), Yunus Ssentamu, Fahad Muhammed Hassan.

First half

Egypt dominated Uganda throughout most of the first half’s 45 minutes. The Young Pharaohs stunned their opponents with an early goal in the eighth minute through Arab Contractors’ Mohamed Salem. A pinpoint cross from Al Masry and -bound left-back Mohamed Adel Gomaa found Salem in the box unmarked, who headed the ball easily past the Ugandan goalkeeper.

Salem did not stop there, the 21-year-old forward’s chip almost extended the Egyptians lead.

Al Ahly duo Ramadan Sobhy and Mahmoud Trezeguet connected for the Pharaohs third scoring opportunity of the game. Ramadan drilled past a couple of the opponent’s defenders before squaring the ball to Trezeguet, who smashed the ball into the left post.

Bad news hit Egypt as their main man upfront Mohamed Salaem was injured and substituted for Shokry Nagiub.

Second half

The second half saw much more action than the first. Uganda looked determined to equalise as a sublime through pass found Miya, however, Awad reacted to deny the striker. Moments later, Uganda had another chance to score through a powerful header following an accurately-executed corner.

Sixty five minutes into the game, ENPPI winger Ahmed Refaat replaced Anderlecht target Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’. Refaat had immediate impact on the game, giving new options to the Egyptians and aiding his colleagues turn from a defensive state to an attacking one over and over again.

Kahraba’s great permanence finally paid off 20 minutes from the final whistle. Refaat’s short pass found his club team mate, before the Zamalek target feint fooled the opponent’s defender giving him time to adjust his posture and launch a thunderous shot 30-yards out to extended his side’s lead to two goals.

Uganda still looked hopeful of pulling some goals back as Yunus Sentamu missed strangely after rounding Awad.

Hossam El-Badry used his final substation at the 73rd minute mark as Mohamed Fathi replaced Islam Saleh.

One stunner was just not enough for the Egyptians. The youngsters hit on counter attack with Refaat sprinting down the left hand side before delivering a perfect through pass to Ramadan Sobhy. The latter then pulled off two amazing pieces of skill before finishing the ball calmly into an empty net to score his side’s third of the night.

Kahraba added his second of the night and Egypt’s fourth moments before the final whistle. Saleh Gomaa’s incredible vision helped him find Kahraba with a long pass. The ENPPI forward then dribbled past the keeper to finish the ball into an empty net.

Despite Egypt scoring four, Egyptian keeper Mosaad Awad was one of the game’s stars as he rejected the Ugandeese forwards not once but twice in the game’s final 10 minutes.

The Egyptians are to travel to Uganda to the to play the qualifiers second leg in two weeks.

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