Egypt’s national coach, Bob Bradley has said he expects a very tough game against Uganda when the two sides clash tomorrow in an International friendly at the El Gouna Stadium.
The Six-time African Champions arrived in El Gouna last night and their coach Bob Bradley told Uganda Radio Network that they are treating the game very seriously because they are aware Uganda is a good side.
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In their last meeting last year in Khartoum, Sudan, the Egyptian team needed a late goal to beat Uganda 2-1.
Uganda who climbed three places better to 77th place in the FIFA world ranking have promised to play their hearts out for a good result. “We are here for serious business and will show that on the field,” said Etoile Du Sahel striker Emmanuel Okwi.
Okwi is expected to play alongside Geofrey Massa who plies his trade with Yenicam FC in Northern Cyprus, while Iceland based Tonny Mawejje and AIK’s Martin Mutumba will hold the midfield.
Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic said although they respect Egypt as a big football playing nation, they will give a good account on the pitch. The Cranes coach believes his team is very ready for the game and will approach it as a build-up ahead of an important 2014 World Cup against Senegal next month.
The hosts will play without the major stars of Ahly and Zamalek teams, but in-form Mohamed Salah who maintained his blistering goal-scoring run to give Egypt a 1-0 victory at Mozambique in June will be part of the team
The Basel winger whose hat-trick inspired Egypt to a 4-2 win in Zimbabwe in one of the group qualifying game has now scored 14 goals in 22 international appearances.
In the absence of veteran attacking midfielder Mohamed Abou-Treika, the likes of Hssam Ghaly (Liserse, Belgium), Ahmed Hamoudy (Smouha) and Mohamed El-Nenny (Basel FC, Switzerland) are expected to get their chance to prove a point.