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Uganda edge Congo to top Egypt’s group in World Cup qualifiers


Photo: Federation of Uganda Football Associations

Uganda continued their bright start to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Congo at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala on Saturday.

Uganda, who earned a vital point after drawing away with Ghana in the first round, temporarily lead Group E on four points as they await Egypt’s clash with the Black Stars on Sunday.

Standard Liege striker Farouk Miya opened the scoring for Uganda after 18 minutes as he curled the ball past Congo’s goalkeeper Wolfrigon Mongondza Ngobo to put his side in front.

The hosts had several scoring opportunities that could have helped them double their lead, but the players lacked the final touch up front as a number of shots went wide.

The Cranes continued to dominate the possession in the second half and nearly made it 2-0 but Congo’s keeper produced a fine save to deny Uganda’s Geofrey Massa from scoring from a free kick.

With around 10 minutes remaining to full time, the visitors were about to punish Uganda as Marvin Baudry’s shot went narrowly wide. Congo had another chance to level the scores at 1-1 but the hosts’ defense managed to clear the ball off the line.

The other Group E match will see Egypt host Ghana at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Sunday. The Pharaohs, currently on three points after beating Congo in the first round, will be looking to overcome Ghana to regain their spot as group leaders.

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