VIDEO: Zamalek stars shine as Egypt down Uganda in warm-up for Ghana play-off
Egypt, who were without Al-Ahly and foreign-based internationals, defeated Uganda 2-0 at home in a friendly as the Pharaohs prepare for the crucial World Cup qualifying play-off in Kumasi.
Ahmed El-Shennawy, Omar Gaber (Bassem Ali), Ahmed Said ‘Okka’, Mahmoud Alaa, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Amr El-Sulaya, Hosni Abd-Rabo (Ahmed Samir), Mohamed Ibrahim (Hazem Emam), Ahmed Eid (Ahmed Temsah), Shikabala (Mohamed Abdel-Fattah), Ahmed Hamoudi
Benjamin Ochan, Ayub Kisaliita, Brian Majwega, Richard Kasagga (Cpt), Savio Kabugo, Manko Kaweesa (Simon Namwanja), Said Kyeyune, Joseph Mpande, Nicholas Wadada, Frank Kalanda and Simon Okwi (Feni Moses Ali).
Zamalek’s Ahmed Eid opened the scoring with a volley at the far post following a brilliant cross from Ahmed Hamoudi after just seven minutes.
Uganda came close to equalising on a couple occasions and had a goal from Simon Okwi ruled for offside. Shikabala also came close to scoring as his shot was deflected off a defender but was denied by the post just before half-time.
In the second half, substitute Hazem Emam doubled the score for the Pharaohs following a perfectly executed one-two with Shikabala the provider with a remarkable back-heel assist.
As Bradley aimed to examine many of the provisional squad’s fringe players ahead of the upcoming clash in Kumasi, the Egypt boss was unlucky to see Zamalek star Shikabala forced off with an injury just seven minutes from time.
Shikabala, who was superb throughout the match, appeared to have twisted his ankle awkwardly as he limped off the pitch.
However, the medical staff told reporters after the game that the initial reports suggest it is a relatively minor knock, but tests are still pending.
Ismaily midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabo made his anticipated return after a lengthy layoff with a serious knee injury but was replaced after 72 minutes by Egypt U-20 left wing-back Ahmed Samir.
Egypt’s last meeting with Uganda ended in a 3-0 win for the hosts in a friendly played in El-Gouna on August 14.
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.
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